Sunday 11 December 2016

Paddy now has a chance to learn the whole truth

Judge Fennelly has been charged with lifting the lid on a lot of disgraceful behaviour.

Published 13/04/2014 | 02:30

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly was recently appointed to oversee the commission of inquiry into Garda phone recordings. Picture: Collins Courts
Mr Justice Nial Fennelly was recently appointed to oversee the commission of inquiry into Garda phone recordings. Picture: Collins Courts

We have been getting the runaround for a while now as to the truth of what really happened in our garda stations over the decades, in Garda Headquarters in recent years and in the Justice Department over the past few weeks. Nobody in authority has given us sufficient information to see the whole picture – not Enda Kenny nor Alan Shatter nor Martin Callinan nor the Attorney General, Maire Whelan.

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But now at last there is a chance we will get to the heart of the matter. That chance exists because of the terms of reference for Mr Justice Nial Fennelly's Commission of Inquiry. These terms show it to be essentially a Commission of Inquiry into how the gardai investigated the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, with a few nodules (or modules, as the legal trade would have it) attached.

One of the nodules requires Mr Justice Fennelly to "investigate and report on the sequence of events leading up to the retirement" of Martin Callinan, and to "investigate and report on the furnishing to the Minister [for Justice] of a letter dated 10 March 2014 sent by the former Garda Commissioner, Mr Martin Callinan, to the Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality."

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