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Fianna Fáil TDs were highly-amused by Enda Kenny's comments today. Screengrab/Oireachtas TV
Not being funny

Kenny says banking inquiry will be free of government interference - TDs burst into laughter

After a week when the government was accused of dictating the membership of the inquiry Enda Kenny’s remarks prompted laughter in the Dáil today.

ENDA KENNY WAS on the receiving end of laughter from opposition TDs in the Dáil today after he suggested that the banking inquiry will be “free of any direction from government”.

Kenny was responding to queries from United Left TD Clare Daly during Leaders’ Questions this afternoon after a week of controversies surrounding the membership of the committee.

The coalition has come in for a barrage of criticism after it first failed to ensure a majority, then failed to remove a member, then added two membersthen lost one member, and then informed the the remaining government members there would be no whip applied.

However, Kenny said today that the inquiry will examine the political policy, regulatory structures and banking governance “free of any direction from government”. 

This prompted an eruption laughter on the opposite side of the House, mainly from Fianna Fáil TDs:

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