May 25, 2017
Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy today said that people are “furious” at the outcome of the Séan Fitzpatrick trial and that there is a sense of “here we go again” when it comes to the lack of action on white collar crime in Ireland.
Deputy Murphy highlighted the fact that in December 2015 The Social Democrats had brought forward a Motion in the Dáil seeking to establish an Independent Anti-Corruption Agency but Fine Gael and Labour had voted against it. She said there is a lack of political will to fundamentally tackle the issue of white collar crime and corruption although she welcomed the fact that Minister Simon Coveney has now, albeit belatedly, adopted parts of the Social Democrats’ proposal for an Independent Anti-Corruption Agency.
Catherine Murphy TD said the mission statement on the ODCE website was laudable but her own experience of bringing forward a legitimate complaint and evidence of suspicious share trading in relation to Siteserv had resulted in a less than satisfactory response from them and a general tone of ‘not our role’.
She also pointed to recent revelations regarding the Garda training college in Templemore and said that it had been shown to PAC that with An Garda Siochana there was simply no training on financial procedures and how then could we expect white collar crime to be policed effectively.
“People want Ireland to be a place to do business but not dodgy business. During the Siteserv controversy I had so many people from the business world come forward and tell me they wanted to do business in a place that was fair and honest and they didn’t believe Ireland was that place.”
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