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Gilmore: If Mahon finds corruption, it will go to DPP

Tanaiste calls for Mahon report to be debated in the the Dáil next week while stating in Leader’s Questions that corruption should be “pursued vigorously by the authorities”.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says full debate on Mahon report needed.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says full debate on Mahon report needed.
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TANAISTE EAMON GILMORE said that if the Mahon report has findings of corruption that are similar to those found in previous reports, then those involved should be “pursued vigorously by the authorities”.

Speaking during Leader’s Questions in the Dáil chamber today, Gilmore said categorically that any corrupt findings will be referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Revenue Commissioners.

He added that he had just received the report in disc format prior to entering the chamber and that he had not yet had a chance to read it.

Gilmore called for a debate on the Mahon report next week. He said:

I think we should have a full debate next week… it is important to have a full debate on the report. I know that in the past when some reports were released there were long delays – I think think there should be no delay.

He added that the party whips should meet to discuss clearing most of next weeks business and to discuss how best to facilitate the discussion.

Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins said that the Mahon report will remind people of the “enormous greed” that plunged society into austerity while Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald said that a full debate was of “critical importance” to the public.

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