Friday 24 March 2017

Hitting a wall of silence over leaked garda report

It’s scandalous how the Justice Department is ignoring its legal requirements

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter
Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photo: Tom Burke
Sean Guerin’s report has vindicated Gda Sgt Maurice McCabe. Picture: GERARD HORE
Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

The Department of Justice has failed to comply with the law. It has not answered a Freedom of Information request relating to a leaked Garda Inspectorate report and other matters.

This failure comes just weeks after then Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was found to have breached data protection legislation and subsequently resigned.

In an independent report for the Taoiseach about the allegations of Sergeant Maurice McCabe, Sean Guerin SC commented in May on the failure of the Department of Justice to produce or make appropriate written records. Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar subsequently claimed that the department was not fit for purpose.

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