One thing is for sure – the scrappy Paddy McKillen is not happy. A statement has been issued on his behalf this afternoon which is reproduced below in full, but it deals with two distinct matters.
Last Sunday, the Sunday Times reported the temporary injunction that Paddy, along with controversial businessman Denis O’Brien, won at the High Court the day before. The injunction was granted in part because of the leaking of information to which Paddy has a right to confidentiality. It seems that certain confidential documents at Irish Bank Resolution Corporation were leaked, and the Sunday Times was about to run a story which the Judge believed could irrevocably damage Paddy. Paddy has now gone to the Gardai and good luck to him with that, they’re still examining the Moriarty Tribunal report with the Director of Public Prosecutions to see if they should launch a full investigation, and they’ve had that report for more than two years!
The second matter is the subject of the reporting in the Sunday Times and Sunday Independent today, and the Freedom of Information request which revealed the Department of Finance had been courteous to the Barclay brothers in their communication with IBRC in respect of Paddy’s loans. Paddy claims there to have been a “surprising degree of cooperation” between the Department of Finance and the Barclays, and I would agree it was “surprising” that the Department of Finance could deal with communications promptly, knowledgeably and courteously, but I don’t think that’s what Paddy means!
Here’s the statement verbatim:
Leaking of Confidential IBRC Documents
Urgent investigations are currently being conducted in order to determine the source of the improper and possibly unlawful release of selective confidential communications relating to Paddy McKillen. Taken out of context, this information could be seriously misleading.
Mr McKillen has lodged a formal complaint with the Gardai and has instructed his lawyer, Paul Tweed, to take all appropriate legal action to identify the source of and reasons behind this extraordinary state of affairs, which may have ramifications for other customers of banking institutions. He will also be seeking the assistance of the Data Protection Commissioner and the Financial Services Ombudsman.
Department of Finance FOI
Mr McKillen is also demanding a full explanation from the Department of Finance regarding what appear to be informal, supportive communications between the Department and Richard Faber, a Director of Ellerman Investments Limited, a company controlled by the Barclay Brothers. This documentation has only recently come to light following an Application under the Freedom of Information Act, and suggests a surprising level of co-operation between the Government and English competitors of Mr McKillen. This relationship is in stark contrast to the hostile stance taken against Mr McKillen, an Irish citizen who has created numerous jobs and paid significant sums in taxes, together with other extensive contributions to the Irish economy.
Mr McKillen believes he is entitled to, and is seeking, full and complete disclosure of all communications of this nature.