Taoiseach Enda Kenny has flatly rejected claims he is set to establish a commission of inquiry into state property group Nama, insisting that reports of the move are “utterly speculative” and “there is no investigation taking place”.
The Fine Gael leader issued the clear denial despite Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace telling the Irish Examiner last night he is in discussions with “groups” about an inquiry being set up.
Speaking at the launch of a multi-million euro plan to address long-standing issues in Dublin’s north inner city yesterday, Mr Kenny was asked about suggestions the Government is considering establishing an inquiry into Nama’s sale of the Project Eagle Northern Ireland property portfolio.
The deal has been the subject of a series of serious corruption claims made under Dáil privilege by opposition TDs, with concerns the taxpayer has lost out on lucrative funds.
Reports yesterday claimed the Taoiseach has asked to meet Mr Wallace over his call for a commission of inquiry to be set up into the multi-billion euro deal, after the Independent TD met Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin counterpart Gerry Adams alongside solicitor Aidan Eames.
However, Mr Kenny insisted yesterday that no inquiry is being considered at this stage.
“I have read reports in the media today that are utterly speculative. I said to Deputy Wallace you have raised matters in the Dáil on a number of occasions, I have responded to these to the effect that I have no evidence and no evidence has been given to me from Deputy Wallace or any other source that would change my view from what I have already said in the Dáil.
“There is no investigation taking place into Nama down here [the Republic] and the Project Eagle Deputy Wallace referred to is subject of a detailed analysis by the Comptroller and Auditor General,” he said.
Mr Wallace confirmed to the Irish Examiner he is in discussions with “groups” — believed to be opposition leaders — about an inquiry alongside Mr Eames, who is understood to be examining how an investigation would work. “I think there will eventually be an inquiry. This is not going away. Nama’s position is becoming unsustainable,” he said.
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