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http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0110/497114-department-of-finance-banking-crisis-files/

Documents relating to the banking crisis have gone missing at the Department of Finance.

The department has conceded that some correspondence forwarded from Bank of Ireland to former minister for finance Brian Lenihan can no longer be located.

It says it has started a process to ensure the integrity of its records ahead of the banking inquiry.

In 2009, the department was asked under Freedom of Information to release copies of all correspondence between the late Mr Lenihan and the chief executives of the banks during the period August 2008 to March 2009.

The department released eight items.

Late last year, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty requested repeat copies of these documents.

He was told that two out of the eight could no longer be found.

When released in 2009, both had been completely redacted.

Hilarious, nothing suspicious here we've just lost the files and it's not like the Irish taxpayer bailed them out with billions of Euro's.

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Documents relating to the banking crisis have gone missing at the Department of Finance.

The department has conceded that some correspondence forwarded from Bank of Ireland to former minister for finance Brian Lenihan can no longer be located.

The DoF must be devastated to have lost such vital information. One can only feel for them but they should also be reassured that the files WILL turn up.

No problem.

For sure the Bank of Ireland will have kept a copy of such important correspondence - maybe more than one copy. Quite possibly some copies were also sent to central authorities and regulators as well. How about the BoE/Prudential Regulation Authority. Jupiter group should have a copy as well?

Maybe a copy of the files might be found on one of those laptops that are so often lost on trains and in taxis etc.

Even so the chances that both the BoI and the DoF copies have gone missing simultaneously must be negligible :unsure:

Edited by billybong

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If the only copies are redacted, it would be fun to fill in the blanks oneself, and then publish it as a 'true copy'. They could hardly dispute their veracity, if they don't have the originals themselves. ;)

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