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Saturday 23 August 2014

Fianna Fail refuse to express confidence in Brian Purcell

Published 14/05/2014 | 07:42

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Fianna Fail Justice spokesperson Niall Collins
Fianna Fail Justice spokesperson Niall Collins

FIANNA Fail have refused to express confidence in the Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell.

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It mounts further pressure on the Mr Purcell after the Justice Minister and Taoiseach refused to publicly back him.

The party’s justice spokesperson Niall Collins said they would hold judgement pending his appearance in front of the justice committee next week.

However Mr Collins did condemn Mr Purcell’s decision not to answer questions surrounding the resignation of former Commissioner Martin Callinan.

He told Ivan Yates on Newstalk Breakfast this morning the decision was unacceptable.

“I don’t think under any circumstances it’s acceptable that a senior civil servant would attempt to dictate to a committee the Oireachtas what  areas he or she will make themselves available for scrutiny on.

“We’re elected by the people and there to serve the public interest. He’s a civil servant and is duty-bound to come in and answer any questions.”

He also questioned the new Justice Minister’s decision to have retired civil servants conduct the review into the department.

“A number of retired civil servants will be conducting the review, I wonder whether that’s the best way to do it – it’s essentially a peer review from former colleagues.

“You’ll have people of similar career backgrounds, namely civil servants  conducting it, I think that need to be teased out a little bit.”

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