Thursday 20 September 2018

Inquiry suspends statement by former Anglo Irish boss David Drumm

David Drumm
David Drumm

The Banking Inquiry has suspended the publication of a statement by former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm pending further discussions with the DPP.

The committee went into private session this morning to discuss further information from the DPP, who had advised the statement not be published.

It was agreed that Mr Drumm's statement would continue to be suspended until further discussion had taken place.

The issue first arose yesterday morning when the DPP phoned the inquiry about the scheduled publication of Mr Drumm's formal statement later in the day.

It had been planned to publish the statement at the end of yesterday's public session of the hearing.

Several members were frustrated by the late intervention of the DPP.


It was decided to ask the DPP for written advice on the issue so that this could be put to the inquiry's own team of legal advisers.

Mr Drumm's statement had been received several weeks ago along with an offer to appear by video link at the inquiry from his home in the United States to answer questions.

The video link offer was formally rejected after both the inquiry legal team and the DPP advised against it.

Mr Drumm moved to the States in mid-2009 and since then has refused to return to Ireland to answer questions from the gardai in relation to Anglo.

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