Call for judge to rule on Purcell's stonewalling
A DAIL Committee is to consider whether to ask a Supreme Court judge to intervene in the ongoing stand-off with the most senior official in the Department of Justice.
There were calls last night for Justice Nial Fennelly to cast judgment on the refusal by Secretary General Brian Purcell to answer questions on his role in the alleged firing of the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.
Mr Purcell sparked fury after he stonewalled politicians at a committee hearing last month – claiming that he will not answer questions on his interaction with Mr Callinan until he appears in front of Mr Fennelly's Commission of Inquiry into garda matters.
Mr Purcell was despatched to Mr Callinan's home by Enda Kenny after the Taoiseach became aware of the widespread taping of phone calls at garda stations. But he refused to divulge details relating to the events when he appeared in front of the Oireachtas Justice Committee. In a letter to the committee, Labour TD Michael McNamara says the matter should be followed up with Mr Fennelly.