In response to queries that I have received over the last few days, I am happy to provide the links below to the protocols of the Irish senate in which Senator David Norris tried desperately to name the Anglo-Irish bond holders. One has to wonder why he was the only one who attempted to do so? Why was he really silenced?
Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 205 No. 17,
25 November 2010
Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 206 No. 4
7 December 2010
Two other articles that have been hotly discussed in the last few days are:
Who bankrupted Ireland? - Golem XIV, Nov. 2010
As Honohan’s report emerges, the Dáil is gagged - Vincent Browne
Sunday Business Post, 6 June 2010
Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan’s report on the financial collapse of the banking sector was presented to Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan last Monday.
Lenihan read it then, and told his cabinet colleagues about it on Tuesday. The report is to be considered this Tuesday by the cabinet - or at least by those cabinet ministers who have decided not to go off on an unearned holiday.
When the cabinet ministers who are around have decided how to ‘‘spin’’ the report, it will be published - but only then.
..........the forum (ie, the Dáil) which, theoretically, is expected to enforce accountability on the executive arm of government has been bullied by the executive arm of government into remaining entirely silent on one of the most pressing issues of our time, precisely when a report on the government’s culpability for the crisis comes into the public domain.
And the sovereign people are denied knowledge of the report until the government has its spin sorted out. This is called democracy, I think.