Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny calls on the Taoiseach to publish the ten names of investors who have left the Irish taxpayer with a €300 million liability.
At a Fine Gael function in Dublin, Enda Kenny devoted most of his speech to the banking crisis and urged Taoiseach Brian Cowen to name the ten members of what he referred to as the Anglo golden circle.
I'm calling on the Taoiseach to publish the names of the ten people who have left the taxpayer with a three hundred million euro liability.
The issue also dominated Dáil proceedings earlier in the day with the opposition asking if the ten people who borrowed three hundred million euro from Anglo Irish Bank to buy ten per cent of its shares would be named.
Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore asked for the names of the investors to published in a report due for publication tomorrow. Tánaiste Mary Coughlan said that because of banking confidentiality, the government could not demand the names. She went on to say that the publication of the names would undermine the confidence of Anglo Irish customers and the bank itself.
Speaking in the Seanad, Terry Leyden held up a piece of paper which he claimed contained four of the names of the investors.
I will call on the ten shareholders that received three hundred million to put their hands up now.
Leader of the Green Party and junior coalition partners, John Gormley said that if a legal way could be found then the names must be disclosed.
We do need to see people punished for these transgressions because they have brought Irish banking into disrepute and it can't be allowed to go on.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 February 2009. The reporter is David McCullagh.