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Garda probe in to NAMA ex-staff grows

Wednesday, December 18 14:46:29

A complaint against a second now former employee of NAMA - the world's biggest property company - has been lodged, bringing the organisation under increased public scrutiny.

In a Dail statement today, the Taoiseach said that the Garda Commissioner has appointed a dedicated senior officer to work with NAMA in the investigation.

He said the Public Accounts Committee is in contact with Nama about the investigations and Nama intends to assist them "is so far as possible" within the constraints of the ongoing Garda investigations.

A report in The Irish Independent this morning said that lawyers acting on behalf of property developer Paddy McKillen have written to the Garda Commissioner claiming that "inexplicable behaviour" by an officer of NAMA has "seriously jeopardised" his business interests.

In the letter, seen by the newspaper, Mr McKillen's lawyers claim that personal information relating to the businessman was released to a third party.

In particular, he alleges that information about his "banking facilities" was leaked.

"Our client requires this matter to be immediately investigated as he (McKillen) continues to be severely prejudiced by such actions," the letter states. Mr McKillen says that he is keen to meet with detectives on the issue as a matter of urgency," the Independent reported.