Ireland's new Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton told the Irish parliament that he plans to raise the issue of David Drumm’s US visa with Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore.
According to a report in the Journal.ie, Bruton made the announcement in response to a call from opposition Minister Michael McGrath that the Government now urge US authorities to revoke the former Anglo Irish Bank CEO's visa. Drumm is currently living in America.
McGrath said: "Drumm is wanted for questioning as part of a major investigation by the Gardai (Irish Police) and the Director of Corporate Enforcement into Anglo Irish Bank. I understand Drumm has to date refused to co-operate with the investigation. This investigation is dealing with the most serious matters and it is unacceptable that Drumm is refusing to co-operate."
McGrath argues that US authorities revoke Drumm’s visa as he is living there on an E-2 visa. An E-2 visa is given to someone who is present in the US to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital.
McGrath added: "Ironically, since receiving the visa, Drumm has filed for bankruptcy in the US and Anglo has lodged papers with US courts challenging his eligibility to hold this E-2 visa.