Thursday 23 November 2017

Labour's warning to FG: stand by the AG

Attorney General Marie Whelan
Attorney General Marie Whelan

Philip Ryan Political Correspondent

The Labour Party has warned Fine Gael to brace for a bitter row if they try to make Attorney General Maire Whelan the scapegoat for the damaging findings in the Fennelly Commission.

Ms Whelan has come under intense scrutiny since the publication of the report into the events leading up to former Garda Commissioner Marin Callinan's shock retirement.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton both insist they still have confidence in Ms Whelan.

But a senior Labour figure said they are preparing themselves for a Fine Gael offensive against the Attorney General, a Labour appointee. as part of a damage limitation exercise.

"With the heat on Enda, they will inevitably look to throw someone else under the bus. If they try that with the AG, then there will be tensions," a source told the Irish Independent.

Ms Whelan was criticised for her failure to contact either Mr Callinan or former Justice Minister Alan Shatter about the widespread recording of certain telephone in Garda stations.

Irish Independent

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