Friday 9 December 2016

Alan Shatter told that Taoiseach was wrong on GSOC

Published 22/06/2014 | 00:00

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking with former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in January. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking with former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in January. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Documents released by the Department of Justice to the Sunday Independent last week show that civil servants briefed former minister Alan Shatter  on the sensitive issue of whether or not GSOC, the garda watchdog, was obliged to tell him immediately of its concerns that it had been bugged.

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And that briefing provided no basis for the Taoiseach to make a high-profile and erroneous claim that GSOC was obliged in law to do so promptly.

In a separate development last week, Bob Olson, Chief Inspector of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate, revealed another worrying aspect of policing in Ireland. He highlighted the fact that the garda car fleet is seriously run down.

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