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Garda chief 'asked inappropriate question'

Tim Healy

Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan

GARDA Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan allegedly asked a candidate for the position of deputy commissioner about his views on "left-wing political extremism in Ireland" and on left-wing politicians, it has been claimed in the High Court.

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Assistant Commissioner John Fintan Fanning - who has initiated a legal action alleging an "unfair" competition was held for the post of Deputy Commissioner - said he was "taken aback" and "uncomfortable" at the questions.

He does not believe other candidates were asked similar types of question.

He also claims Ms O'Sullivan should have declared a potential conflict of interest prior to the interviews for the job and disqualified herself from them.

Recent media reports suggested three candidates intended to be recommended to the Government for appointment were the same three assistant commissioners whom Ms O'Sullivan had, last July, personally selected to be acting deputy commissioners, he claims.

Paul McGarry SC, for asst comm Fanning, secured permission from Mr Justice Paul Gilligan to serve short notice on the State of his proceedings over the competition.

The case is against the Public Appointments Service (PAS) Ireland and the Attorney General and the matter was returned to Tuesday.

Asst Comm Fanning wants an injunction restraining the PAS taking any further steps, pending the outcome of his case, in appointing anyone as deputy commissioner.

He also wants declarations the procedures adopted for recruitment to that post infringed his constitutional rights, including to natural justice.

Irish Independent

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