Thursday 27 November 2014

Garda tape probe 'must be swift and in public'

Published 10/04/2014 | 02:30

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly who was recently appointed to oversee the commission of inquiry into Garda phone recordings. Picture: Collins Courts
Mr Justice Nial Fennelly who was recently appointed to oversee the commission of inquiry into Garda phone recordings. Picture: Collins Courts

THE Justice Committee have called for the inquiry into the recording of telephone calls in garda stations to be held in public.

The committee also asked the Government to fast-track the review of how a crucial letter outlining the taping scandal did not make its way to Justice Minister Alan Shatter for two weeks.

The calls follow the publication of terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation, which will report back to Government by the end of the year.

The terms did not specify if the inquiry should be held in public and the decision rests with Justice Nial Fennelly who is carrying out the investigation.

Justice committee chairman David Stanton wrote to the Taoiseach asking that the report on former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan's controversial letter be completed within eight weeks.

Mr Callinan wrote to the Justice Minister on March 10 but Mr Shatter claims he did not receive the letter until after he was informed of the taping practice by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on March 24.

In a statement, the committee said the "handling of correspondence and information" along with "administrative procedures" in the department should be prioritised by the inquiry.

Irish Independent

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