Former Finance Minister Ruairí Quinn has revealed how an explosive meeting with officials ensued in the weeks following the killing of the Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin led to the establishment of the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab).
virgin media tv series, The CIDinvestigates how Cab – smashed criminal empires by stealing fast cars, mansions and cash from gangsters — was set up with unprecedented speed by Quinn and Nora Owen, the Attorney General.
During the shooting of the Dublin journalist and by Detective Garda Jerry McCabe In just three weeks in 1996, Quinn and Owen began work on a proposal from opposition justice spokesman John O’Donoghue — introduce a Proceeds of Crime Act.
Quinn recalls an outburst of expletives at the end of a meeting with officials, when he initially received a vague response to suggestions for what Cab would become.
“Me and Nora sat down with this group of about 14 different officials from different government departments, including members of the Gardaí and a senior Justice Department official.
“Nora said a few words and then I said a few words. The assistant secretary said: ‘Well, thank you very much, Minster. We will begin our deliberations now, and if we decide that new measures are needed and we need to do other things…”
“And at that stage I just friggin’ exploded.
“I said, ‘You didn’t hear what we said. We’re going to fucking do this and you’re going to make it happen. And by the way, if you can’t do it yourself, we’ll get someone to do it because it won’t happen again.’”
The Criminal Assets Bureau airs Wednesday at 9pm on Virgin Media One
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/civil-servants-were-non-committal-over-creation-of-the-criminal-assets-bureau-recalls-ruairi-quinn-41466568.html The officials were “noncommittal” to the Criminal Assets Bureau facility, Ruairí Quinn recalls