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Wallace says FG politician summons ignored

John Downing Political Correspondent

Published 01/04/2015 | 02:30

Independent TD Mick Wallace said despite promised garda reforms, not much has happened
Independent TD Mick Wallace said despite promised garda reforms, not much has happened

Independent TD Mick Wallace has told the Dáil that summonses against a Fine Gael backbencher were being ignored.

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Mr Wallace said despite promised garda reforms, not much had happened. He said "whistleblowers" within the force were still being bullied and harassed while the subjects of their allegations were being kept up to date about all allegations against them.

In the Dáil, the Independent TD for Wexford told the Taoiseach an Athlone-based garda had gone to Mr Kenny's constituency office twice to raise concerns about a garda superintendent.

Mr Wallace said the superintendent had been since promoted to chief superintendent and later transferred to garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, where he was in charge of implementing a reform report from the Garda Inspectorate.

"What a load of baloney," he added about Government statements on garda reforms.

Amid strong protestations from the Dáil chairman, Sean Barrett, Mr Wallace then said: "I have details here of one of your backbenchers who has three fixed charges against him. Do you know what? They weren't terminated, though they're kept on a shelf, and the summonses weren't served."

Reform

The Taoiseach said he had written to Mr Wallace and asked him for details of the allegations made by the Athlone-based garda. "You didn't respond to that note," Mr Kenny said.

Mr Kenny argued that the Government was currently involved in the most fundamental reform of policing in the history of the State and this was well advanced. He also again insisted that he cannot talk about anything to do with his evidence to the Fennelly Commission examining alleged garda wrong-doing.

Mr Kenny was replying to Dáil questions from Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, about whether he was called back a second time by the former Supreme Court Judge Nial Fennelly. The inquiry is examining the recording of phone conversations in garda stations going back over 30 years.

It is also examining the surprise retirement of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan one year ago - and what role the Taoiseach may have played in this.

Opposition TDs have challenged Mr Kenny to show that he has not broken the law in the way in which Commissioner Callinan stepped down. The Taoiseach again said he has cooperated with Judge Fennelly.

Irish Independent

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