Politicians in Ireland have demanded an account of discussions that the Irish finance minister took part in during his attendance at the 2012 Bilderberg meeting in Chantilly, Virginia earlier this month.
The Irish Times reports that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s appearance in an unofficial capacity at the secretive elite confab cost the taxpayer more than €4,300.
The report states that a number of Irish TD’s, parliament members, raised Noonan’s Bilderberg trip in parliamentary questions.
Representatives from Labour, Sinn Féin and the technical group all asked for more information on the discussions that took place behind closed doors and away from media scrutiny in the US.
Noonan responded to the questions, but provided scant details, simply saying that he had been invited “given my position as Minister for Finance” and “used the opportunity to tell fellow attendees of the opportunities that exist in Ireland for investors and multinational companies.”
He added that another reason for attending the meeting was to promote the notion that the Irish government has restored economic stability to the country.
“The Irish people have a right to know what their senior Ministers are saying at a meeting like this, and what stance they are taking on global issues.” said Pat Nulty, a former Labour whip, adding that Noonan’s responses were not sufficient.
Critics have noted that the recent bailout of Ireland and it’s compliance with the so called troika agenda of the European Central Bank, the European commission and the International Monetary Fund are undoubtedly the key reasons why Noonan’s presence was requested at the meeting.
In the wake of Bilderberg, it has been rumoured that the three elitist institutions are considering relaxing the terms of the bailout to allow Ireland to return to borrowing on the open market.
Previously leaked documents from meetings have illustrated how the Bilderberg Group, contrary to the media-generated myth that the confab represents a harmless talking shop, sets the consensus for policy decisions sometimes decades in advance.
A clear example is the 1955 Bilderberg meeting held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany. Documents read by the BBC and later released by Wikileaks divulge how Bilderberg members were discussing the creation of the euro single currency nearly 40 years before it was officially introduced in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty.
In the US, politicians attending Bilderberg have been charged with violating the Logan Act, a law passed under the John Adams administration in 1799 which states that it is illegal for “unauthorized citizens” to negotiate with foreign governments.