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Friday 24 November 2017

Kenny tells ministers: bring up concerns on Commissioner at Cabinet - not in public

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fionnan Sheahan in Brussels

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says he would prefer if minister raised concerns on the Garda Commissioner in private at the Cabinet table, "rather than have them aired in public".

The Taoiseach's comments are viewed as a slap across the wrist for Transport Minister Leo Varadkar who criticised Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Mr Kenny acknowledged the role of the garda whistleblowers in highlighting the issues in the penalty points system.

But he did not call upon Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to withdraw his comments that the whistleblowers actions were "disgusting''.

Mr Kenny said the Commissioner had clarified his remarks.

He said the Garda Commissioner and garda management werte

But he also said he would "have a preference" if ministers would raise concerns at Cabinet, rather than in public.

"I'd certainly have a preference if any minister has an issue to raise that they raise it at the Cabinet or raise it where we could have discussions and deal with them, rather than have them aired in public," he said.

"And I am not saying people have to restricted in their views in anything but there is a process buy which these things should be dealt with," he said.

Mr Kenny said the changes to the system would make it "accountable, transparent, effective".

"It's absolutely important that there be public trust in the garda system and public trust in this particular system," he said. 

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