Thursday 18 December 2014

Alex White: I have not asked Taoiseach about former Garda Commissioner's departure

Published 16/07/2014 | 09:02

Alex White and Joan Burton
Alex White and Joan Burton

New Communications Minister Alex White has not asked the Taoiseach about the circumstances surrounding the departure of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

During the course of the recent Labour leadership campaign, which Mr White lost out to Joan Burton, Mr White raised concerns about whether the Taoiseach fired the former Garda Commissioner, without informing then Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.

Speaking on Newstalk this morning, Mr White also said he “complete faith in the integrity of the Taoiseach”. He said he hadn’t asked the Taoiseach because “I am not adjudicating over it”.

“I don’t believe the Taoiseach was ever dishonest to the Dail. I believe the Taoiseach acted in good faith.”

He said he did not wish to be drawn on the circumstances over Martin Callinan’s departure until Judge Nial Fennelly’s report is finalised.

He said he was making a broader political point at the time.

“We won’t know until we see Judge Fennelly’s report. I expressed a personal opinion during the Labour leadership and I won’t have the facts until  the report is published.”

He also said he had no plans to move into Pat Rabbitte's Dublin South-West constituency.

"I'll be staying in Dublin-Rathdown, that's my plan."

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