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Taoiseach gave written evidence to inquiry on Martin Callinan's resignation

Published 16/07/2014 | 15:59

Martin Callinan
Martin Callinan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given written evidence to the Commission of Inquiry dealing with the resignation of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

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Mr Kenny will also speak to Justice Nial Fennelly, who is conducting the inquiry, about his role in the events which led to Mr Callinan stepping down.

The Taoiseach sent secretary general from the Department of Justice Brian Purcell to Mr Callinan’s house the night before his resignation.

At the time, Mr Callinan was under pressure to retract his “disgusting” comment about garda whistleblowers Sgt Maurice McCabe and John Wilson.

The day before Mr Callinan's resignation the Taoiseach was informed of the possible legal implications stemming from the widespread recording of telephone calls in garda stations.

Hours after Mr Callinan’s resignation, the Government announced a Commission of Inquiry into the secret recordings.

Mr Kenny has been under pressure from opposition politicians to give an account of what happened the night before Mr Callinan’s resignation.

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