Texts and emails, Tuesday 19 January 2010

Topic: Banking Enquiry

Panellists: Jim Glennon (former Fianna Fail TD), Fionann Sheehan (political editor, Irish Independent), Michael Marsh (Department of Political Science, TCD), Gina Menzes (theologian), Aine Hegarty (Irish Daily Mirror).

No further "enquiry" needed into the church but a criminal investigation would be welcome.

Ciara, Newbridge.


Why are the politicians afraid of ä public enquiry unless they are involved?


As the CEO's of Anglo Irish, AIB, Irish Nationwide, etc, sanctioned loans to their influential cronies, without reference to their Credit Committees, did they also secretly give large political donations as a "dig out" to political parties and thereby compromise the political system?

From a Roscommon viewer.


Google Sunday Times and search Noel Ahern then look 4 Noel Ahern hits out at bank greed. Why did no one listen?



If no harm was done or no transgressions occurred then a public inquiry would be the best and most transparent way to show that to be the case. Of course an Oireachtas Inquiry is possible ... It actually happened the DIRT Inquiry!

Peter Mathews


Whatever it costs financially, even if it means a change in the constitution, the truth has to come out - who's hiding what and how many are there. The government is corrupt morally and financially.


Think it says it all.. We the public do not trust this gov. An inquiry into banking debacle.. There is something about the secrecy of ... Cant be. A public inquiry.. We have a Costa nostra Gov. System. Time for public to insist on this inquiry must be Public.. No cloak of secrecy please too much of that in the past.

Anne Ryan, Kilkenny


What is going to happen now is all the people, bankers and politicians, who caused this crisis will not be made accountable to the Irish public for destroying this economy with a private inquiry. They will give their evidence behind closed doors instead of being put before the public and broadcast live on RTE which would also act as an enormous deterrent to people who will hold such positions in the future.

Alan, D5


How the hell do the banks and government expect us to trust them that a private inquiry will be of good use to find out what happened with the banks,chairmen and developers? ? ? ? We,the taxpayers are bailing out the banks and developers SO WE WANT A PUBLIC INQUIRY AND WE WANT PROSECTIONS ! ! ! !

The f fail politicians av far too much to lose, were they EVER to expose their major benefactors, - who for the most part, were to be seen queuing up to throw mega cash donations into the f fail tent, at the Galway races! Lets face it:- Corrupt f fail politicians, unscrupulous and incompetent bankers, and greedy building developers (all cronies!!) have all got us into this mess. Perish the thought that the truth might EVER com out!

John, Dundalk

Why is everyone so concerned that some future court case will be prejudiced by a public enquiry. When we know that no one will be prosecuted any way!!! We must have a public enquiry, anything less will be a White wash. The golden circle has to be exposed.

Morgan McCabe, Newbridge

Its plain and simple: the government we have at the moment has ran their race and have put this country to its knees and they are constantly hiding and covering up the messes and bad decisions they have made and us the working people are getting hit and the poor in this country will always be poor with that shower we need change and quick.

John. Youghal, Cork.

How on earth would the enquiry get the truth if evidence was not taken in private? We the public need to know what actually happened, and people who give evidence must be able to do so in the safety of privacy.

Stephen Kearon. Ballinaclash, Wicklow.


We must b very careful that we dont cut off our nose 2 spite our face in this matter of the banks. We must not slander ourselves b4 the world if we have any hope of fiscal recovery. An enquiry? Yes. But let’s not wash our dirty linen in public. The ‘hang em flog em’ brigade have tunnel vision. They want public flogging at the expense of common sense.



We the people must demand a public enquiry otherwise we will never get our country out of this mess and find out who was involved.

Hugh K. Lucan


We are all cleaning up the banks with our money and yet they tell us we can’t hear what went on? I am so sick of this country! It’s time we had our say.

Kieran, Wexford


What are we as a country going to gain from inquiry in to the banking system? Another 20/30 million down the drain. SSIA2 is what this country needs. It gives the country instant capital and it also gives the people of Ireland confidence to deal with Irish banks again.

Ken, Cork.


We need to know what happened before sept 2008.

Phil, Sligo.


Why is the ''INQUIRY'' going to be fundamentally PRIVATE? Shareholders and taxpayers deserve better. After all, 'People who live in glasshouses must answer the doorbell'.

Nick, Galway.