Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty spoke during the second stage of the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2013 just before noon today, in which he revealed Sinn Féin have received an anonymous copy of secret recordings involving senior Anglo Irish Bank officials.
This is what he said in relation to the matter:
Pearse Doherty: “Minister, I think in the interest of full public disclosure as a public representative, I think it’s important at this point to make a statement in relation to the Anglo Tapes. Within the last number of weeks, Sinn Féin was anonymously sent a copy of secret recordings, involving senior Anglo officials at Anglo Irish Bank. The majority of these recordings are not currently in the public domain and cover a period between February and September 2008. On the advice of senior counsel, we have taken the decision not to release the tapes at this time. I have made them available to the Garda Commissioner [Martin Callinan] and to the Governor of the Central Bank [Patick Honohan]. And I have personally hand delivered them to Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park and to the Governor of the Central Bank’s office this morning. We have also retained a copy of these tapes with my solicitor with a view of publishing them at a future date, as a publication of these secret conversations are in the public interest. The Government must move now speedily to the establishment of a banking inquiry. There is public demand for truth, people want to know what was going on within the banks. And the contact between senior bankers and the Fianna Fáil government in the run-up to the guarantee..”
Ceann Comhairle: “Deputy, sorry…Deputy Doherty [rings bell]”
Doherty: “It is always…”
Ceann Comhairle: “Could I ask you deputy to move..”
Speak over each other.
Doherty: “It has always been my view that the Fine Gael government had more information in relation to the bank, prior to the guarantee, than they have previously disclosed. I move the adjournment on this.”
Ceann Comhairle: “Go raibh maith agat. And, eh, we’ll proceed with this debate later on. And we’re going to proceed now with Leader’s Questions.”
If it didn’t fall into its lap, you could say it is a master stroke by Sinn Fein. In one fell swoop, it gives the party a strong possibility of a south Dublin seat, as well as creating a serious threat in this constituency to Kevin Humphreys, the second Labour TD – and, most satisfyingly for SF, it also puts a serious block in the way of a Fianna Fail seat there for barrister Jim O’Callaghan (Miriam’s brother).
Even as it is, Andrews’s ‘defection’ is emblematic of a wider political shift, which is the further welcome removal of SF from its IRA-associated past and the arrival into the party of credible, street-savvy and mainstream figures like Andrews.
…Andrew’s FF expulsion didn’t faze him. He was already disillusioned by the system and once told me, revealingly, that the problem was that people did not want real political change – “They only want to change the gatekeepers.”
Over a period of 60 years from 1922 to 1996 a European Sovereign State interned without trial thousands of young females. They handed them over to jailers who beat, humiliated and in many cases worked them to death and buried them in unmarked graves.
They forced them to work without pay under slave labour conditions whilst profiting from their output. No, this wasn’t Nazi Germany or Perfidious Albion, it was the Catholic Irish State whose sustained ill-treatment of those young women in the Magdalene laundries was infinitely worse than any methods allegedly used by the British Army in any of its counter-terrorist campaigns.
Next time Sinn Fein hold an anti-internment rally, maybe they will do it in O’Connell Street, Dublin, rather than than Royal Avenue, Belfast. Let him who is without sin, etc.