Seanad debates

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis: Statements


2:30 pm

Photo of Susan O'KeeffeSusan O'Keeffe (Labour) | Oireachtas source

Parliamentary inquiries are not perfect. If someone can show me the perfect inquiry, I will be the first to say it is the model we should use. In the meantime, we make the best of what we have. We improve and build on it and commit to the notion of accountability and transparency. The ideal of having parliamentary accountability is necessary. If we need to go back and ask the people in a referendum for the powers that we failed to get in the first referendum, that is what we ought to do. The next Government, Dáil and Seanad must have that debate. We must not throw away the opportunity for us, as parliamentarians, on behalf of the people and as public representatives, to try to bring people to account. It was a first attempt. It was not perfect. It is up to all of us, whoever we are in the next session, to build on and make that better.


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