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Alleged tax avoiders named in Dail

Senior politicians who allegedly held offshore accounts to avoid tax have been named in the Dail using parliamentary privilege.

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said the whistleblower claims came from a "very credible source".

"I emphasise these are allegations but they come from a very credible source and the whistleblower alleges Des O'Malley, Ray MacSharry, Gerard Collins, Maire Geogheghan-Quinn, an 'S Barrett', Richie Ryan, a former minister for finance, and others," Ms McDonald said during opposition leaders' questions in the Dail.

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett intervened to reprimand Ms McDonald for making allegations against people who could not challenge the claims.

He also insisted that the "S Barrett" named did not relate to him.

"You cannot name names of people who are defenceless to contradict you," he said.

The Ansbacher account scandal involved a clandestine bank, which was unauthorised to operate in Ireland and was allegedly used by senior political figures in the Dail to evade tax.

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