Garda Team Assigned To Investigate Nama Claims Made By Mick Wallace

GARDA TEAM ASSIGNED TO INVESTIGATE NAMA CLAIMS MADE BY MICK WALLACE

A team has been assigned to examine Mick Wallace’s Nama accusations.

The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation will carry out inquiries to test the veracity of the allegations of corruption and bribery at the National Asset Management Agency before any suspects are interviewed or arrests made.

Wexford TD Mick Wallace made allegations about Nama under parliamentary privilege in the Dáil last week, saying a construction company was asked by a Nama official to make two payments of €15,000 each “in a bag” to exit the agency.

Speaking yesterday he said he met with two superintendents last Friday and told them what he knew about the construction firm.

A Garda investigation team has been established in the fraud bureau and has been tasked with pursuing lines of inquiry revealed in the information Mr Wallace gave last week.

This will include an initial check into the background details, including whether a property developer whose name was given by Mr Wallace to the Garda was in Nama and has since exited, and if that chain of events corresponds with the claims in Mr Wallace’s statement.

The Garda team will also seek to establish whether any Nama official named by Mr Wallace was assigned to the developer within the agency.

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