Brian Cowen declines comment on Anglo tapes as police called on to investigate
Opposition finance spokesman suggests tapes be presented to the Irish police
The former Irish prime minister Brian Cowen is refusing to talk to the press about the Anglo Irish tapes controversy that is currently gripping the nation.
According to the Irish Independent, the retired Fianna Fail leader said this week in a short statement: 'I look forward to cooperating with any banking enquiry process that is established in the future. I have refrained from public comment on matters generally since leaving public life.'
Cowan's remarks were published on the same day as the latest tapes, allegedly recorded just two days after the historic bank bailout, exposed top Anglo officials laughing uproariously as one of them sings the former German national anthem.
When contacted for a response about the anthem singing the German embassy told the Independent they had no comment.
The tapes show that when the bank guarantee that crippled the Irish taxpayer, forcing tens of thousands to emigrate and leading others to despair, was announced in September 2008, there were concerns at the time of a rift with Europe as German money started flowing into the doomed bank.
But Anglo boss David Drumm sounded like he had no concern at all, the tapes reveal. Drumm is heard saying to his then director of treasury John Bowe: 'So f***in' what. Just take it anyway... stick the fingers up.'
In the internal phone call between the two men which was recorded on October 2, 2008, they revel in 'abusing' the bank guarantee.
Bowe sings the bars of the ex German national anthem, delighting a laughing Drumm, who is heard mocking and mimicking a senior Irish regulatory official who had contacted each of them.
Drumm tells Bowe that the official had called him earlier that day. 'I should be recording these calls for the f***ing craic – or at least making notes,' he says.
He then mimics the official’s voice, saying: 'It's f***in' awful what's going on out there. I mean the f***in' Germans are on to us now, David, you know.'
In an apparently self-incriminating scheme that appears to show Drumm knew Anglo Bank was abusing the bank guarantee but was wary about being too obvious about it, Drumm says: 'So I'm playing a little bit of a game of ‘oh Jesus (to the regulatory official), look we don't want you to be under pressure, we're going to do the best we can . . . we won't do anything blatant, but we have to get the money in.'
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