Fennelly report suggests former Garda chief Callinan was sacked in all but name
Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30
It's hard not to conclude, despite the strictly legal conclusions reached in respect of Taoiseach Enda Kenny by the interim Fennelly report, that former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan was sacked in all but name.
It's true that Mr Kenny and his Government didn't hit the nuclear button by "moving the matter (of removing Commissioner Callinan) to the statutory plane" as it is so eloquently phrased by former Supreme Court Judge Nial Fennelly in his interim report into the recording of phone calls in and out of garda stations.
Nor did a critical meeting on the evening of Monday, March 24, 2014, (Mr Callinan resigned the next day) involve a decision to remove the Commissioner from his post, as this can only be done by the Government as a whole.