“Bail out the people, not the bankers” - that was the message from angry residents, who lodged garda complaints against the Anglo bankers.
A group of thirteen outraged residents from Kildare Town and Newbridge arrived at Kildare Town Garda station at 7pm on Friday evening (June 31) to report an alleged crime committed by the former Anglo Irish Bank executives David Drum, John Bowe and Peter Fitzgerald under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.
Kildare town resident, Joanne Pender explained how local businessman, Mick Sexton voiced his disgust on Facebook upon hearing the Anglo Tapes. He urged people to come to the local Garda station and called on them to “bring these conspirators to justice.”
“A group of ordinary people from the community turned up to show their righteous anger and disgust and to say “enough is enough, we want answers, we want accountability, we want justice done and if our government are not willing to act on it, we will take it upon ourselves to report these disgraceful acts of fraud against the people of Ireland to the authorities”,” said Joanne.
The residents signed statements, which the garda on duty accepted, and informed them that one of her colleagues would be in touch to take a full statement in due course.
“We would encourage anyone who wants to see these bankers held accountable to do likewise and hopefully put enough pressure on the government to hold a full criminal investigation into what happened at Anglo, and other banks prior to the night of the bank guarantee in September 2008 and to expose any corruption at the higher echelons of the banking institutions and to bring those people to justice,” she declared.
“People are completely bewildered by the fact that not one banker has been held accountable for the disastrous banking crisis which crippled this countries economy and are now furious having heard the complete contempt the individuals on the Anglo tapes have shown towards the citizens who are now suffering due to the severe austerity measures imposed on us by the Troika and our own government as a direct result of being coerced into bailing out their dysfunctional banks.” This is the first Kildare formal bank complaint by residents.
- Niamh O’Donoghue