6 Jun 2019

Ireland MPs concerned at Makhlouf appointment to Central Bank

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 6 June 2019

Opposition politicians in Ireland say Gabriel Makhlouf's appointment as head of Ireland's Central Bank should be put on hold until the outcome of New Zealand's State Services Commission inquiry into his actions leading up to last week's Budget.

The State Services Commission is investigating the public statements made by Mr Makhlouf, who is New Zealand's current head of the Treasury.

The SSC is also investigating his advice to the Finance Minister, and his decision to go to police after National released Budget details last week.

However the Irish Minister who appointed the outgoing Treasury Secretary to head Ireland's Central Bank is sticking by his appointment.

Morning Report producer Siobhan Wilson spoke to Donal O'Donovan, a journalist at the Irish Independent.