Fianna Fáil may complain over Perry

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary has tabled parliamentary questions on Junior Minister John Perry’s debt restructuring deal to Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton.

Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary has tabled parliamentary questions on Junior Minister John Perry’s debt restructuring deal to Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton.

Minister of State for Small Business John Perry had the backing of Taoiseach Enda Kenny after reaching agreement with Danske Bank to restructure a €2.47 million debt.

It is understood that Fianna Fáil is considering a complaint to the political ethics watchdog over the financial affairs of the Sligo North Leitrim TD.

Calleary’s question to the Taoiseach asks “if he is satisfied that no conflict of interest as defined in the code of conduct for office holders arises in the case of Minister John Perry TD”. If the Taoiseach is satisfied, he is asked to set out on what basis he reached that conclusion.

Mr Calleary said Fianna Fáil may yet bring the matter to the Standards in Public Office Commission but said they would first examine the Taoiseach’s response.

“We certainly haven’t ruled that out,” he said of a possible complaint to the commission, which oversees compliance with the code of conduct for office holders.

Enda Kenny backed Perry in his ministerial position after he reached agreement with Danske Bank.

The Taoiseach will respond in due course to the parliamentary question.