The Social Democrats today reacted to the recent announcement that the report of the banking inquiry has been pushed back to the end of January instead of the previously agreed November 30th completion date by calling on Government to ensure the inquiry finishes its work before calling an election.
Speaking this morning, Social Democrat TD for Wicklow & East Carlow, Stephen Donnelly said:
“Given the decision to push the inquiry deadline back to January it would be utterly irresponsible for Government to call an election in advance of the work being completed. This banking inquiry has cost the taxpayer a significant amount of money and to dissolve the Dáil before we get any meaningful value from that money would be reckless in the extreme.”
“The banking inquiry was commissioned for the purpose of providing answers to critically important questions and it was beset from its inception with concerns that it would be wasted exercise for the very reasons we are facing today. If this inquiry is not allowed complete its term and provide an official report it will be a serious failure on behalf of Enda Kenny and this Government and I, for one, am determined to see the answers, if any, provided by the banking inquiry.”