Wednesday 18 October 2017

Enda Kenny denies misleading Dail over garda tapes timeline

Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

The Taoiseach has spoken in the Dail on the Garda tapes controversy, as he was accused of misleading the house.

Following the publication of a timeline by the Department of Justice Secretary General, Brian Purcell yesterday, Mr Kenny was accused of misleading the Dail by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

Mr Kenny yesterday told the house that Mr Shatter was not briefed by Mr Purcell about a letter from former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan until last Tuesday.

Mr Purcell’s timeline indicated that he “briefed” Mr Shatter the day before and Mr Martin called on Mr Kenny to correct the record of the House.

Mr Kenny rejected Mr Martin’s claims and repeated that Mr Shatter did not receive the Callinan letter until last Tuesday. “He was not told about the letter, not briefed about it nor did he receive it until the Tuesday,” Mr Kenny said.

Mr Kenny was also called on by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the Ian Bailey case. 

Mr Kenny said that the State is already involved in a legal case involving Mr Bailey and suggested that the circumstances surrounding the case could be included in the terms of reference of the Fennelly Commission which are not yet finalised.

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