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Fennelly Commission report: Taoiseach insists he did not 'sack' former Garda Commissioner

Published 01/09/2015 | 12:52

Tuesday 01 September 2015. Science Gallery TCD. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is met by RTE Director General, Noel Curran on right and Ronan Mac Con Ionaire, RTE Head of Language on left.
Tuesday 01 September 2015. Science Gallery TCD. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is met by RTE Director General, Noel Curran on right and Ronan Mac Con Ionaire, RTE Head of Language on left.
Tuesday 01 September 2015. Science Gallery TCD. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is met by RTE Director General, Noel Curran.
Tuesday 01 September 2015. Science Gallery TCD. L to R: Blathnaid Treacy, presenter RTE, Ronan Mac Con Ionaire, RTE Head of Language Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Noel Curran Director General, RTE, Eoghan McDermott, presenter RTE.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has today insisted that he did not "sack" former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan as the long-awaited Fennelly report is set to be published.

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Mr Kenny said if he was 'in fear' of its findings, he would not be so keen for the report to be published as quickly as possible.

But he indicated that the report, which runs to over 300 pages, will raise concern over 'communication issues' within Government.

"It is my intention actually to publish it as soon as I can. And as I've said, the central charge made against me - of breaking the law and sacking the Garda Commissioner - I've rejected that always and still do.

"I look forward to publication of the report," Mr Kenny said at an RTE event in the Science Gallery in Dublin.

Asked specially was the criticism of his role or the role of other Government figures, Mr Kenny said:

"Well, you'll see the report. The report will be published. Obviously, there are a whole range of facts outlined by the Commission in respect of communication and issues relating to Government departments."

"I'll wait until it is published. As I've said, I've rejected all of those assertions of my breaking the law in sacking the Garda Commissioner and still do again."

Earlier, Tanaiste Joan Burton indicated that the long-awaited report into the departure of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan could be published later today.

Ms Burton said she discussed the matter with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning and that publication of the Fennelly Commission report will take place once it is cleared by Attorney General Maire Whelan.

Mr Kenny has been accused by the Opposition of effectively 'sacking' Mr Callinan by dispatching the former Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell to his home the night before he resigned.

Mr Purcell is said to have visited Mr Callinan in his home in Glasnevin on March 24 to relay Mr Kenny's concerns about the garda tapes. Mr Callinan resigned just hours after the meeting.

The Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the garda tapes controversy will also examine the events leading up to Mr Callinan's resignation.

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