A second Nama employee has been reported to the Garda over allegations of unlawfully passing on information held by the property giant.
The revelation came as Taoiseach Enda Kenny moved to deal with fears over the scale of alleged insider information dealing at the taxpayer funded organisation which holds property assets of €74bn.
Dragged into the growing controversy at Leaders’ Questions, Mr Kenny told TDs that a separate complaint to gardaí about Nama from a firm of solicitors claiming information had been disclosed to a third party was made in August.
The Taoiseach said gardaí would investigate the claims once full documentation in the case had been provided.
Mr Kenny said a Garda probe into allegations against the first Nama employee reported to gardaí was at an “advanced stage”.
The Taoiseach added that allegations swirling around Nama were a matter of “concern” and “substance” and the Government was taking the issue “extremely seriously”.
A property industry insider claimed the case cited by the Taoiseach involved a debtor to the agency.
John McGuinness said the influential Dáil Public Accounts Committee he chairs would also launch a probe into the controversy.
The developments followed a warning from Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien that he had explosive information regarding Nama that would “rock the organisation to its core”.
Mr O’Brien claimed sensitive information had been leaked form Nama in order to aid “vulture developers” at the expense of taxpayers.
Labour senator Lorraine Higgins warned that the controversy had laid the State open to huge claims if former employees of Nama passed information gained at the agency onto developers.
The Galway senator told the upper house a case was in the High Court for an injunction by an individual whose information was passed on to a third party by an ex-Nama employee.
The senator said she had “damning evidence” regarding the actions of a former Nama worker whom she named under Seanad privilege.
The senator said, when she had brought up concerns about Nama in the past and called on Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to address the upper house on the matter, she received the cold shoulder.
“It was intimated by the minister to me that I was abusing my parliamentary privilege. I was essentially fobbed off.
“This is a massive issue for the Irish taxpayer who will ultimately be paying out and I think they’ve paid out enough in the last number of years as a result of austerity and corruption,” she told fellow senators.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter refused to be drawn on the escalating controversy. Nama said anyone with information regarding illegal activity should report it to the gardaí.
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved