“I simply don’t buy the line that this important report can’t be published in full due to legal considerations. There is an overwhelming case for the Minister to publish the entire 235 page report with sensitive material redacted.”

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD today called on Minister Heather Humphreys to publish the full report into the collapse of the trial of the former Anglo banker Seán Fitzpatrick.

Deputy Murphy said:

“It’s not good enough for Minister Humphreys to refuse to publish the detailed report by Ian Drennan into what went so disastrously wrong within the ODCE that it led to the collapse of what was the longest running criminal trial in Irish history.

“I simply don’t buy the line that this important report can’t be published in full due to legal considerations. There is an overwhelming case for the Minister to publish the entire 235 page report with sensitive material redacted.

“How can the public have confidence in the proposed new Corporate Enforcement Authority when we are being kept in the dark about the massive failings of its predecessor agency, the ODCE?

“Reforming how the State investigates and deals with white collar crime has been little more than a fig leaf during Fine Gael’s time in office. The Social Democrats proposals for an Independent Anti-Corruption Agency go much further than the government’s narrow planned reforms which focus on corporate and economic offences.

“Our plans are for a much more integrated approach to tackling white collar crime and corruption in both the public and the private spheres by merging the ODCE with the Standards in Public Office Commission which is responsible for standards in public life including lobbying regulation and ethics.”

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