It wouldnt have made any difference Nama defends itself from critical Project

first_img Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 5:15 PM Short URL Noonan had sought a right of reply from the committee regarding its conclusions over his own actions.This afternoon Noonan refuted “certain findings” of the report.“I note that my letter has been included with the report. It is disappointing that unjustified and unfounded views have made their way into the final iteration,” the minister said in a statement,” he said.I refute absolutely the validity of any suggestion that I or my officials acted inappropriately in meeting with Cerberus in March 2014. At no point was I or my officials invited to discuss this meeting at the PAC nor was the alleged impropriety of this meeting raised in follow-up correspondence. At the launch of the PAC report into Nama sale of Project Eagle pic.twitter.com/uuTxrXzSt8— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) March 14, 2017 17,302 Views 77 Comments Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter Share Tweet Email Source: Shutterstock/rokopixUpdated 17.15THE DÁIL PUBLIC Accounts Committee (PAC) has this afternoon published its report on the sale of Nama’s northern Irish property portfolio, otherwise known as Project Eagle, and declared the strategy behind the sale as being “seriously deficient”.PAC likewise claims in its report that Nama lost €800 million in relation to the loan portfolio between the years 2010 and 2014.That €800 million includes the roughly £162 million sterling (€185 million) lost by Nama on the sale itself, a figure acknowledged by the chief executive of Nama Brendan McDonagh in his testimony before the committee last September.Nama has this evening defended itself from the report’s conclusions, saying that no other strategy “would have delivered a better financial outcome”, and that it had taken”full advantage of an unexpected commercial opportunity that emerged during the second half of 2013 to sell the Northern Ireland debtor loans as one portfolio”.“Nama also disputes the suggestion that an additional estimated £190 million could have been realised from an alternative sales process. No independent, third-party market-based analysis has been sought by, or provided to, the committee to support either of these contentions,” this agency said in a statement. Sinn Féin TD and committee member David Cullinane meanwhile said that “good judgement” should have shown that the minister’s actions were “procedurally inappropriate”.Independent TD Mick Wallace has claimed that the Project Eagle sale undervalued the portfolio by as much as €3 billion. Mar 14th 2017, 5:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Two marked conclusions are the main ones disputed by Fine Gael #NAMA #ProjectEagle pic.twitter.com/fz2fdfhGMd— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) March 14, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3286529 It was the board’s commercial and considered judgement, in full knowledge of the financial implications, that this sale provided a better financial outcome than any alternative monetisation strategy. That was the board’s view in 2014 and it remains the board’s view today.ControversyThe sale of the portfolio has been a source of mounting controversy for a number of years now. Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming announcing the publication of the Nama report this afternoon Source: Oireachtas TVThe report today claims:That the sale of Project Eagle was not “a well-designed sales process”The failure to remove controversial businessman Frank Cushnahan from the agency’s northern advisory committee was “a failure of corporate governance” (Cushnahan resigned from the committee in November 2013 citing “personal reasons”Nama’s board was not explicitly informed of the losses that could be incurred by setting a reserve price of sterling £1.3 billion for the sale in 2014Key elements of the sale were “influenced” by the US firm Pimco, which made the initial approach to Nama with regard to the sale of the portfolioThe sales strategy regarding the portfolio  included “restrictions of such significance” that the process could be described as “seriously deficient”Nama has been unable to demonstrate that it got “value for money” in the saleMore: Timeline: The seismic controversy over the Project Eagle land sale as it unfolded from start to finishThe report includes, among other things, a strongly worded letter from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to the committee contesting its suggestion that his meeting in March 2014  with the US fund Cerberus (which eventually bought the portfolio in April 2014 for €1.6 billion) was “inappropriate”. The PAC’s inquiry into the loan sale was first announced last July. A separate report from the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), meanwhile, released last September, concluded that Nama lost €220 million on the sale, a view today backed by the PAC.The report concluded that the C&AG report was “evidence-based, balanced, and reasonable”.Additional reporting Cormac FitzgeraldRead: ‘I hope we’re wrong, but we expect the worst’: 250 jobs look set to go at Coty in NenaghRead: Funeral of Bishop Eamonn Casey to take place on Thursday Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter ‘It wouldn’t have made any difference’ – Nama defends itself from critical Project Eagle report The Dáil Public Accounts Committee declared this morning that the sales strategy for Project Eagle was “seriously deficient”. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter The note of the meeting with Cerberus is on the Department of Finance’s website and is clear in stating that any issue relating to Nama should be raised directly with Nama.“It is entirely appropriate that I as Minister for Finance would meet with the Chairman of a major international investment fund, a former US Secretary of the Treasury no less, at his request whilst he was in Dublin on business. This is part of the job of a Minister for Finance,” he added.Committee member (and Fine Gael TD) Peter Burke likewise appeared to back the minister and declared that he disagreed with the finding that Noonan’s actions were inappropriate.Indeed, there appears to be a deal of partisan dispute on the committee as to the report’s interpretation of Noonan’s actions. Peter Burke from FG says PAC was wrong to say it was “procedurally inappropriate” Michael Noonan to meet with Cerberus #nama #projecteagle pic.twitter.com/Eaz7k8ULoo— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) March 14, 2017 By Cianan Brennanlast_img

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