Friday 21 July 2017

Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan 'unlikely to face any investigation'

Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan
Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is unlikely to face any investigation arising out of revelations surrounding the disposal of personal papers and the disappearance of a mobile SIM card.

While an Assistant Garda Commissioner has been appointed to examine the findings of the Fennelly Commission, his task is solely focused on improving governance and policy areas within the force.

It is therefore outside of the senior officer’s remit to recommend any action against any individual, sources say.

Mr Callinan told the Commission that he had cleared out all personal papers after he announced his retirement and he did not have any written notes to support his evidence. He was, however, able to produce his diary for the year 2014.

On March 25, Mr Callinan went to a filing unit in the Conference Room, where he kept personal papers, and requested black refuse sacks as he wished to sort through his files.

The issue of a potential garda probe into the disappearance of potentially valuable information that belonged to Mr Callinan was raised this week by Renua leader Lucinda Creighton.

Ms Creighton today said she is to go directly to An Garda Siochana over the matters, which she described as deeply concerning.

Ms Creighton, speaking ahead of her party's think-in in Dublin, said that the matter merited a full investigation. But sources emphasised that Mr Justice Nial Fennelly made no recommendation of any further action.

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