Cabinet divided over whether Callinan should apologise
SHOULD Garda Commissioner Callinan apologise for saying that the actions of whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson were "disgusting"?
Social Protection Minister
"It would be helpful if he did (withdraw his remark)."
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
"The Labour Party view of this matter was articulated by Joan Burton and that view is shared by Eamon Gilmore," said a spokeswoman.
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin
"Minister Howlin supports the views of his Labour colleagues," said a spokesman.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn
"I believe it would be helpful if the commissioner could move to end the controversy."
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte
"It would be a great pity if we couldn't bring the controversial aspects of the saga to conclusion and, from that point of view, I think it would be helpful if the Garda Commissioner facilitated that."
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar
"The Garda Commissioner should withdraw comments he made about the whistleblowers where he used the word 'disgusting'."
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
"I certainly have a preference that if any minister has an issue to raise, they raise it at the Cabinet ... rather than have them aired in public."
None of the following Cabinet ministers felt able to respond with a comment:
Justice and Defence Minister Alan Shatter
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Environment Minister Phil Hogan
Health Minister James Reilly
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan
Children and Youth Affairs Minister Frances Fitzgerald