Wednesday 28 September 2016

Knives are out for Kenny after garda 'sacking' report

Niall O'Connor, Philip Ryan and John Downing

Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny inspects a Guard of Honour drawn from the LÉ James Joyce's company before the naming and commissioning ceremony for the Irish naval vessel in Dún Laoghaire Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Enda Kenny inspects a Guard of Honour drawn from the LÉ James Joyce's company before the naming and commissioning ceremony for the Irish naval vessel in Dún Laoghaire Photo: Frank McGrath

Taoiseach Enda Kenny's claim he is in the clear after the report into the controversial retirement of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has been dismissed as "spin".

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Mr Kenny's reaction to the Fennelly Commission was met with the most trenchant attacks on the Taoiseach during his time in power.

The Fennelly Commission found Mr Kenny "did not intend to put pressure on the Garda Commissioner to retire" when he dispatched Department of Justice Secretary General Brian Purcell to Mr Callinan's Dublin home late at night.

Yet the inquiry also states Mr Purcell's visit was "likely to be interpreted as doing just that" and was the "immediate catalyst" for Mr Callinan's shock decision to retire.

Mr Callinan told the Commission: "I was very clear in my own mind I didn't have options."

But Mr Kenny immediately pointed to the Fennelly Commission's conclusion as tallying with his rejection of claims that he sacked the former Commissioner.

The opposition demanded Mr Kenny consider his position.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: "The bottom line is this - the Taoiseach's position is neither credible nor tenable."

Irish Independent

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