Friday 19 December 2014

Cabinet divided over whether Callinan should apologise

Published 23/03/2014 | 02:30

SHOULD Garda Commissioner Callinan apologise for saying that the actions of whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson were "disgusting"?

LABOUR

Social Protection Minister

Joan Burton

"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."

FINE GAEL

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

Enterprise Minister

Richard Bruton

Health Minister James Reilly

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan

Children and Youth Affairs Minister Frances Fitzgerald

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