Thursday 27 November 2014

I called ex-commissioner after he quit: Shatter

Published 10/04/2014 | 02:30

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has revealed that he made a private telephone call to the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan following the police chief's shock resignation.

He did not disclose the contents of the call.

But he said he hoped there was no "bad blood" between Mr Callinan and him.

Mr Shatter said he wished him and his family well and described Mr Callinan as a fine commissioner.

But he would not discuss the circumstances that led to the secretary general of his department, Brian Purcell, being sent to Mr Callinan's Dublin home by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the eve of a cabinet meeting.

After addressing the annual conference of the Association of Garda Superintendents in Naas yesterday evening, Mr Shatter said he would not comment on the circumstances leading to the resignation and said he would leave that to the commission of inquiry.

Mr Shatter told the superintendents that the gardai were doing an extraordinary job on operational issues, leading to a fall in crime in most categories, big drug seizures, convictions against subversives and action against organised gang crime.

But he warned that because of the focus on operations, there was a danger that issues in some areas of management were being left on the shelf.

He said it was clear there were issues in those areas that must be addressed to maintain public confidence in the force.

But Mr Shatter said later that he did not accept there was any reason why confidence in the Department of Justice or the garda should be shaken.

Irish Independent

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