Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor supports Garda Commissioner
Published 19/05/2016 | 13:40
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan should be given a chance to meet with the policing authority after it raised concerns about the findings of the O’Higgins report, according to the Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor.
The minister has rowed in behind Taoiseach Enda Kenny and said she fully supports Ms O’Sullivan.
She added that she is not concerned the controversy is escalating following the report’s publication last week.
However, she feels it is important the Garda Commissioner speaks to the policing authority before the government publicly addresses the issue.
“The Taoiseach has said he has 100pc confidence in the commissioner and I think, to be fair to her, she should be given the chance to meet the policing authority,” said Ms Mitchell O’Connor.
“I think the way we are managing it now is that it has been handed over to the policing authority.
“The commissioner will meet the policing authority and that is where it is at so let’s leave it at that.”
Taoiseach Enda Kenny already said the commissioner has his support and he said he was confident Ms O’Sullivan would clarify instructions given to her legal team during the O’Higgins Commission process.
She had openly praised Mr McCabe in public but leaked transcripts from the O'Higgins Commission suggest her legal team were instructed to attack his credibility and motivation.