Thursday 20 July 2017

Judge needs to think outside the box to get at truth

The Cooke inquiry into events at GSOC must ask more questions than its terms of reference might allow, writes Colum Kenny

Mr Justice John Cooke
Mr Justice John Cooke

WHAT’S the old saying?” asked Alan Shatter last week. “Experts differ. They say that about doctors. It can have fatal consequences.”

Fatal consequences for the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) perhaps? That is why Judge John Cooke, appointed by the Government last week to inquire into what went on at GSOC, needs to dig deep. But his hands are tied by his terms of reference.

The Government has asked Cooke to focus on GSOC itself, and particularly on GSOC’s own public interest inquiry into possible unlawful surveillance of its offices and on security there.

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