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Monday 22 September 2014

Taoiseach to head up committee deciding on new independent Garda authority

Daniell McConnell Political Correspondent

Published 01/04/2014 | 14:30

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Justice Nial Fennelly
Justice Nial Fennelly

The Cabinet today appointed Judge Niall Fennelly as the head of its Commission of Investigation into secret Garda tape recordings, has learned.

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The ongoing Garda tapping scandal was one of two "major issues" discussed at the weekly meeting of ministers earlier today.

The Government did discuss the Commission's terms of reference, but sources have said that they have "not been signed off" on yet.

Fennelly has served as a member of the Supreme Court since 2000 and was an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice from 1995. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College before attending University College Dublin and the Kings Inn.

The other issue which dominated Cabinet today was the Government's plan for Universal Health Insurance, which are to be published tomorrow.

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