Wednesday 28 September 2016

Garda to bring in strict new rules on disposal of personal papers

Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30

Mr Callinan has yet to make any comment on the Fennelly report
Mr Callinan has yet to make any comment on the Fennelly report

An Garda Síochána is expected to bring in strict new rules surrounding the disposal of personal documents belonging to members of the force, following the publication of the Fennelly report.

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Mr Justice Nial Fennelly raised concern over the disposal of documents and the disappearance of a mobile SIM card belonging to former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Mr Callinan has yet to make any comment on the Fennelly report. It found that the decision by the Taoiseach to dispatch a senior civil servant to his home was the "immediate catalyst" in him stepping down.

But separate revelations surrounding the disposal and shredding of up to 10 bags of Mr Callinan's personal papers is understood to have concerned Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

The matter has also been referred to the current Garda Commissioner, Nóirín O'Sullivan, by Renua leader Lucinda Creighton.

Criticism But sources told the Irish Independent last night that the scope of an internal garda review following the publication of the Fennelly report has been widened to include the issue of disposing of garda papers.

It's now expected that a set of procedures will be put in place to ensure that senior officers departing the force take steps to guarantee the protection of all valuable information.

The review is being led by an Assistant Commissioner, who will report back to Ms O'Sullivan in weeks.

Ms O'Sullivan has also faced criticism after it was found she did not inform Mr Callinan of the full extent of the garda tapes while she was Deputy Commissioner.

Irish Independent

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