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Enda Kenny's error requires an explanation

The public should be told who briefed Enda Kenny before his statement on the Garda Ombudsman’s duties

Published 16/02/2014 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Collins

In a key statement last week, a stern Taoiseach misinformed the public about the duties of the independent Garda Ombudsman. How and why did he do so?

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Enda Kenny’s intervention, set out below, was repeated uncritically across news bulletins on Tuesday. It may have tilted the Ombudsman into later expressing regret for not earlier informing the Minister for Justice that it had suspected that gardai bugged its offices.

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