Sunday 11 December 2016

Inside the Cabinet: Thin blue line that almost collapsed the Government

Garda bugging row strained relations and nearly resulted in Labour pulling out, Eamon Gilmore reveals in these extracts from his autobiography

Published 01/11/2015 | 02:30

SERIOUS CRISIS: The garda bugging debacle strained relationships between Eamon Gilmore and Labour’s Enda Kenny, and almost brought the government down
SERIOUS CRISIS: The garda bugging debacle strained relationships between Eamon Gilmore and Labour’s Enda Kenny, and almost brought the government down

A number of allegations made about the gardaí, including those made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe, all of which led to a series of investigations, and to questions for Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

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Before long, there was a media and public storm over confidence in the gardaí, the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice. Both the Taoiseach and I were repeatedly asked if we had confidence in the Minister and in the Commissioner.

I answered, as did other ministers, that it would be helpful if the Commissioner withdrew the offending remark, but he didn't - and the controversy continued.

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