Saturday 16 December 2017

Alliance to seek outside review of gardaí as it prepares to back Enda Kenny

Ministers John Halligan, Shane Ross and Finian McGrath Photo: Tony Gavin
Ministers John Halligan, Shane Ross and Finian McGrath Photo: Tony Gavin
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

THE Independent Alliance is to seek the appointment of an outside expert to examine the management culture within An Garda Síochána, sources say.

Alliance TDs will meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny this afternoon to discuss the fallout from the Maurice McCabe affair.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s standing within the force will be raised, as well as the prospect for a criminal investigation into the Tusla affair.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s botched handling of the events of recent days will also be discussed.

However, sources this afternoon said there is no appetite to pull out of government and collapse the minority administration.

Such a move was discussed, however, at a meeting in the Dáil bar last night which was attended by Shane Ross, Finian McGrath, Seán Canney, John Halligan and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran.

The demand for a forensic examination of the garda culture is seen as a direct response to allegations of corruption within the force and the alleged smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe.

Alliance sources say such an examination should not take longer than six months.

It’s also expected that the inclusion of other whistleblowers in the terms of reference for the tribunal of inquiry. Members of the alliance met garda Keith Harrison today. He has highlighted his desire for his own case to be part of the inquiry.

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Denis Naughten has pledged his support for Mr Kenny ahead of the vote on the confidence motion tonight.

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