Legal challenges could delay publication of Banking Inquiry report

Report is slated for publication at the end of January, but legal challenges could cause delays

The final report of the Banking Inquiry will be published at the end of this month, pending legal challenges.

The Inquiry has opened a right to reply process today, meaning any of the 80 people named in the document have 21 days to contest certain elements of the report.

Senator Susan O'Keeffe co-authored the final report, which was signed off by the Inquiry members on New Year's Eve.

She told Newstalk'com's Breakfast the intention is to publish the report on Wednesday 27th January, but if challenges arise that could be pushed back:

"People will be aware legal challenges are generally complex and take time, and are not easily resolved and of course part of the procedure is that we had the first round of challenges - which were not legally based, in the sense that they were letters to the inquiry and submissions made - I guess if somebody was to make a legal challenge that would delay publication, but I can't say that for sure."

Inquiry members Joe Higgins and Pearse Doherty earlier this month announced they would not sign off on the final report.