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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Taoiseach: No evidence Garda Ombudsman Commission offices have been ‘bugged’

John Downing Political Correspondent

Published 11/02/2014 | 16:18

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny today said no evidence had been found that the offices of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission had actually been ‘bugged’.

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Mr Kenny also told the Dail that the Ombudsman Commission chairman had publicly stated yesterday that there was no evidence whatever of misconduct by the Gardai in this matter.

The Taoiseach was speaking on the third day of controversy about claims that the independent Garda supervisory body may have have had its Dublin headquarters bugged and its email systems tampered with.

Mr Kenny said that the Ombudsman Commission had engaged a company to do an electronic ‘sweep’ of their systems – but had found no definitive evidence of bugging though there were some concerns.

The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has challenged the chairman of the Ombudsman Commission, Simon O’Brien, to explain comments he made on Monday. 

Commissioner Callinan said Mr O’Brien, a former London police commander, had left the impression that the Gardai were in fact under suspicion.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said recent weeks had been ‘bad for the administration of justice’ and he asked the Taoiseach to consider an independent public inquiry. 

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams accused the Taoiseach of being ‘Jesuitical’ as the Ombudsman Commission were concerned enough to call in an organisation from outside the State to evaluate their security.

The Taoiseach said the Justice Minister Alan Shatter will be making a full statement on the issue to the Dail later today. 

Mr Kenny also said that the Ombudsman Commission will also themselves come before the Dail’s Oversight Committee tomorrow to explain their view of the matter.

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