Monday 21 August 2017

Fianna Fáil plots move to oust Garda Commissioner

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photo: Tony Gavin
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Photo: Tony Gavin
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Fianna Fáil will meet again next week to discuss its strategy to remove the Garda Commissioner.

The party laid down a special question last night aimed at getting answers from Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan on the Templemore controversy.

"To ask the Tánaiste to make a statement on the administration of the Garda College in Templemore and the response of the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána to the issues raised by other members of Garda management," the motion reads.

But the Oireachtas said the question was out of order.

"The Ceann Comhairle has ruled that this Private Notice Question is not in order as it does not meet the requirement of Standing Orders in so far as there was other procedural avenues currently available with which the deputy can address this important issue in the House, according to an email from the Oireachtas to Fianna Fáil."

The Irish Independent reported yesterday Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin shot down a proposal to table a no-confidence motion in the Tánaiste, telling his TDs and senators it would spark a general election.

During a debate on the ongoing Garda crisis at a meeting of the parliamentary party, TD John McGuinness challenged Mr Martin to consider a no-confidence motion in the Justice Minister.

Mr McGuinness said the party must "do everything it can" to ensure the removal of the under-fire Garda Commissioner. After asking what "avenue" it should take to bring this about, the party's justice spokesperson Jim O'Callaghan said the only feasible option would be a no-confidence motion in Ms Fitzgerald.

Irish Independent

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