Thursday 27 July 2017

McGuinness should have spoken sooner - or not at all

John McGuinness, former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Photo: Tom Burke
John McGuinness, former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Many people will understandably be appalled by John McGuinness agreeing to a secret meeting in a hotel car park with then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

I agree the prospect of the meeting does not look great. Here was a parliamentarian leading a process of scrutiny into the operations of An Garda Síochána who agreed to meet the force's most senior officer.

But against that, there was a chance Mr Callinan could have had some information to impart which could have impacted on the work in hand. Politics and public life is sometimes strange - there was also a chance that what Mr Callinan had to say could not really have been done in any other way.

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