Sunday 25 February 2018

Senior gardaí told to provide new statements

Garda Keith Harrison’s partner Marisa Simms at the Disclosures Tribunal. Photo: Photocall
Garda Keith Harrison’s partner Marisa Simms at the Disclosures Tribunal. Photo: Photocall

Gerard Cunningham

The chairman of the Charleton Tribunal has asked for new statements from four senior gardaí by this morning about a meeting which led to referrals about whistleblower Garda Keith Harrison to the HSE and GSOC.

Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton said the tribunal was only now learning for the first time that there was a reference to retired Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny being consulted in relation to the Garda conference, which was held on October 8, 2013, in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Notes from the meeting also referred to Chief Superintendent Tony McLoughlin in the B Branch (Internal Affairs) in Garda HQ.

The chairman said that when he began the tribunal, he "asked for people who knew things to tell us what they knew". The October 2013 meeting was "an important pivot", the chairman said, as this meeting led to a referral to the HSE (now Tusla).

The tribunal in its current module is examining contacts between An Garda Síochána and Tusla relating to Garda Harrison.

Handwritten notes taken by Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn were handed in to the tribunal in June, the tribunal heard, but the chairman said that these were not searchable on the tribunal's computer system until they were typed up.

The chairman said he should have received statements about Assistant Commissioner Kenny and Supt McLoughlin's knowledge of the October 2013 conference meeting, possibly from Supt Eugene McGovern, who gave evidence yesterday, and probably from Chief Supt McGinn.

Irish Independent

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