Saturday 18 November 2017

Garda chief safe as FF goes after Fitzgerald

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has managed to thwart the immediate threat to her position but Fianna Fáil has now turned its fire on Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

The Garda chief bought herself some breathing space by convincing the main Opposition party she "understands the gravity" of the crisis facing the force.

Ms O'Sullivan has announced a three-month review "to get to the bottom of where this problem is" but repeatedly refused to speculate on the likelihood there was widescale forgery of statistics.

Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan said his party was unable to express confidence in Ms O'Sullivan, adding: "We are satisfied that senior management are now treating this with the gravity it deserves but we still do not have an explanation." He suggested that explanation could now come from Ms Fitzgerald.

"All the political pressure has been put on the Commissioner but it's time for the Tánaiste to stand up. She has obligations to the Dáil," Mr O'Callaghan said.

Irish Independent

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