Starting to get messy now as Alan Dukes has contradicted Michael Noonan's Dail account about Siteserv.....
Wonder who will be the next one to get their marching orders?
The Governmentâ€™s account to the DÃ¡il of how it dealt with concerns over Denis Oâ€™Brienâ€™s acquisition in 2012 of Siteserv has been directly contradicted by Alan Dukes, the former Fine Gael minister for finance and chairman of IBRC.
The sale of Siteserv for â‚¬45 million, with a loss to the State of â‚¬105 million, will be examined by the Comptroller & Auditor General, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday.
Michael Noonan, the Minister for Finance, told the DÃ¡il in a written statement last month that he was made aware by his officials of concerns over the deal.
He then said that following a meeting between himself and IBRC, former secretary general of the finance department John Moran was sent to further question former IBRC chief executive Mike Aynsley over the Siteserv transaction at another meeting in August 2012.
This assertion was repeated in the DÃ¡il chamber on Tuesday by Simon Harris, Minister of State at the Department of Finance, when he was queried over the Governmentâ€™s handling of the matter by Independent TD Catherine Murphy.
Mr Dukes, however, says â€œcategoricallyâ€ that Mr Moran did not raise any such concerns about the Siteserv sale with Mr Aynsley at the August meeting.
â€œContrary to what was stated in answer to a recent DÃ¡il question, the matter was not raisedâ€ by Mr Moran at the August meeting, Mr Dukes said.
When asked to clarify how he knew this to be the case, he replied: â€œMike Aynsley told me himself that Mr Moran did not raise the issue [of Siteserv] at the meeting. He told me this on more than one occasion.â€
Mr Moran, who was at a conference in Latvia yesterday evening, said he â€œcouldnâ€™t be sureâ€ whether or not he had raised Siteserv concerns at the meeting until he had a chance to consult his records.
The deal to sell Siteserv to Millington, an Isle of Man-registered company owned by Mr Oâ€™Brien, has sparked a major political row in recent days.
Opposition politicians have rounded on the Government over its handling of concerns raised in 2012 by Mr Noonanâ€™s officials about whether the sale to Millington achieved the best financial result for the State.
The officialsâ€™ worries about how the sale was conducted were outlined in heavily redacted internal documents released by the department late last week.
Shortly after the deal officials within the Department of Finance brought their concerns to the Ministerâ€™s attention.
They cited concerns such as the risk of potential â€œconflicts of interestâ€ involving legal and financial advisers involved in the transaction.
They also broached concerns over a â‚¬5 million payout to Siteservâ€™s shareholders and some directors to â€œinduceâ€ them to rubberstamp the deal with Mr Oâ€™Brien.
They also highlighted that Mr Oâ€™Brienâ€™s was not the highest bid.
In a written reply to a parliamentary question by Ms Murphy, Mr Noonan on March 26th told the DÃ¡il that following his meeting with IBRC, â€œa further meeting between. . . John Moran and . . . Mr Aynsley took place in August 2012 at which this matter was further discussed.â€ http://www.irishtimes.com/business/financial-services/dukes-contr etc ...