Tuesday 23 January 2018

Fianna Fáil say Taoiseach Enda Kenny 'must quit’ over Martin Callinan exit from Garda Commissioner job

Micheál Martin
Micheál Martin
John Downing

John Downing

FIANNA Fáil leader Micheal Martin today said Enda Kenny must resign as Taoiseach and again insisted Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan was “forced out of his job.”

Mr Martin demanded an early recall of the Dáil, which was ordinarily due to reconvene on September 22.  He also said his party will table a  no-confidence motion in the Taoiseach as soon as possible.

The Fianna Fáil leader brushed aside suggestions that he was “playing politics” saying the issues went far beyond party interests at Leinster House. He re-doubled his criticisms of Mr Kenny in the wake of the Fennelly Report into how Commissioner Callinan abruptly left his job in March 2014.

“This a shocking, sordid affair and it is fundamental and beyond party politics,” Mr Martin told reporters.

Mr Martin said the Taoiseach did not behave fairly towards Mr Callinan who had sought a grace period of two or three months before his retirement kicked in.

He noted that both former Justice Department secretary general, Brian Purcell, and former Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, were appalled by the way things were handled.

Mr Martin’s announcement follows a similar move by Sinn Féin last night. He also put pressure on Labour saying the party leader at the time, Eamon Gilmore, had not been consulted but had accepted the Taoiseach’s handling of the issue without much question.

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