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NAMA calls on Senator to pass 'evidence of any impropriety' to gardaí

Fianna Fáil Senator Daragh O’Brien said today he has information that he believes will ‘rock NAMA to its core’.

Daragh O'Brien
Daragh O'Brien
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THE NATIONAL MANAGEMENT Assets Agency (NAMA) has said that no evidence has been passed on to it about any impropriety involving staff members.

In the Seanad today, Senator Daragh O’Brien said he had information in his possession that shows impropriety by employees, including the leaking of information.

He told TheJournal.ie that he could not go into too much detail as of yet but said that more information would be forthcoming.

In a statement this evening, NAMA said the “Senator’s comments in the Seanad this afternoon suggest that he has evidence of impropriety involving staff members of NAMA.

“He has not shared any such evidence with NAMA. Nor has NAMA received any such evidence from any other party.”

The statement went on to say that “if the Senator or any other party has evidence of any impropriety, they are legally obliged, under Section 19 of the Criminal Justice Act 2011, to bring it to the immediate attention of the Garda Siochana”.

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O’Brien said NAMA is the largest property management company in the world and has responsibility for €74 billion in loans, adding that he needed to know today whether the Garda Commissioner has been requested to carry out a “detailed investigation” into alleged “corruption and impropriety in NAMA”.

“It is crucial that the Taoiseach, the Minister for Finance or the Minister for Justice and Equality come before the House today to make a statement on this matter, which is so serious that it could undermine NAMA and the property and financial services sectors,” he said.

He called on the Taoiseach, the Minister for Finance or the Minister for Justice and Equality to come before the House and confirm whether the Garda Commissioner has been requested to carry out an investigation.

The gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie that a complaint had been received from NAMA in relation to a former employee and that they were conducting an investigation into the matter. The added that their investigation was at an advanced stage.

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