NAMA inquiry deadline extended for sixth time
The long-running inquiry into the NAMA scandal has been extended for a further three months until the end of 2020.
The NAMA Commission of Investigation, led by John D. Cooke SC, was established by the Irish government in June 2017 and was originally due to deliver its final report by the end of June 2018.
The deadline has now been extended for the sixth time until 31 December 2020. Mr Cooke said in his eighth interim report that he “would hope to submit [the] final report before the expiry of that period”.
However, he warned: “The work of the Commission, in common with many other bodies, has been affected by the restrictions resulting from the current pandemic. The Commission legal team has worked remotely insofar as possible, in line with government regulations and guidelines.
“The effect of this on the work of the Commission to date has not been as severe as might otherwise have been the case but it is concerned that the more recent enhancement of precautionary measures will have an impact on the efficiency with which the essentially collaborative work of detailed finalising draft final report can be carried out.”