24th June 2002
Crowe welcomes High Court Ansbacher decision
Sinn Fein TD for Dublin South West Seán Crowe has welcomed today's High Court decision that the report into the Ansbacher deposits is to be published in full. He said that it is crucial that all of this information is put into the public realm and called on the Minister to move speedily to outline how the matter will now be dealt with.
Deputy Crowe said:
``Today's High Court decision is very welcome and I would call on the Minister to move speedily to outline how the matter will now be dealt with. Anybody who held one of these accounts has, at least, very serious questions to answer. But we already know, by the nature of these accounts, that many were involved in massive tax evasion.
``The Ansbacher abuses were not an aberration. Successive governments created the atmosphere of corruption in which the Ansbacher account holders flourished.
``It is time to name and shame those who have profited from the misery of others in our society. It is time also to learn the lessons of Ansbacher and other financial scandals and bring forward proper rules and regulations to prevent the wealthy and the well-connected from avoiding paying their fair share.''
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