Tuesday 17 January 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: Fennelly's forensic post-mortem allows us all to draw our own conclusions

The interim Fennelly Report says the Taoiseach didn't intend to sack the Garda Commissioner but, says Dearbhail McDonald, the public have made up their own minds

Published 13/09/2015 | 02:30

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly
Mr Justice Nial Fennelly

Imagine a pathologist who performs a forensic post-mortem, removing and weighing the organs, analysing the deceased's body fluids, measuring the fatal gunshot wounds to the nearest millimetre - even identifying the type of barrel used - but declines to give a cause of death.

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That's what it feels like to me when I read the Interim Report of the Fennelly Commission.

I've re-read the 300-page report several times now. Nial Fennelly, the retired Supreme Court judge who investigated the events leading up to the 'retirement' of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, accepted the Taoiseach's word that he didn't sack the Commissioner.

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