Wednesday 7 December 2016

Inquiry to investigate departure of former Garda Commissioner sends draft findings to Taoiseach

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

Published 11/06/2015 | 10:35

Martin Callinan
Martin Callinan

The Independent inquiry established to investigate the shock departure from office of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan last year has sent draft findings to him, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other interested parties.

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Independent.ie has learned that the Commission sent out the findings this morning to persons interviewed by it or who played a role in the decision of Mr Callinan to step down from his post.

Mr Kenny has been accused of sacking the former commissioner.

If the Commission finds the Taoiseach sacked the commissioner without giving him a right of reply or before discussing it with Cabinet he will have broken strict laws laid out in the Garda Act.

The Taoiseach claims he sent former Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell to Mr Callinan’s family home the night before he resigned to impress on him the gravity of recording of certain telephone calls in garda stations.

Sources close to Mr Callinan believe he was “left with no option” but to resign following the late night visit from Mr Pucell.

The Fennelly Commission’s report has been sent to Mr Purcell, former Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Department of the Taoiseach secretary general Martin Fraser.

All those sent the draft report will have an opportunity to respond before the final report is sent to the Department of the Taoiseach for publication.

Justice Nial Fennelly’s Commission of Investigation is also investigating recordings of telephone garda stations – including Bandon Garda Station in Cork where Mr Bailey was arrested.

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