Sunday 20 August 2017

FF acting like Trump on Commissioner, says Fitzgerald

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Arthur Carron
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Arthur Carron
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Fianna Fáil's promise to sack the Garda Commissioner if it returns to government is akin to Donald Trump's behaviour in Washington, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said.

The Justice Minister has sought to draw parallels between Mr Trump's sacking of FBI chief James Comey.

Ms Fitzgerald said it was "extremely disturbing in a democracy" that a political party would commit to removing the head of police without following due process.

"It's like what happened last week in Washington. The idea that somebody wouldn't be subject to fair procedures, to the rule of law... They don't seem to know the law in relation to this issue.

"There's very clear producers laid down. There's a question of natural justice.

"There's a question of Constitutional rights. If this was being said about any other person there would be outrage about it," Ms Fitzgerald said.

Her comments came after Michael McGrath confirmed that if re-elected, one of the first acts of a Fianna Fáil government would be to relieve Nóirín O'Sullivan of her duties.

The embattled Commissioner remains under attack for a series of scandals that have rocked the force.

Irish Independent

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