Saturday 24 February 2018

Kenny to study report on alleged bugging of GSOC

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will study the findings of the report into the alleged bugging of the Garda Ombudsman's office today.

Mr Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore received copies of the report on the highly anticipated Cooke report yesterday.

The Taoiseach is also due to discuss the outcome of the report examining the alleged bugging of the office of the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

The Taoiseach confirmed that his office received the report while he was in San Francisco on a trade mission.

Mr Kenny has now returned and will consider the report today and discuss plans to make the report public.

Retired High Court judge John Cooke was tasked with examining allegations that the offices of the GSOC on Abbey Street in Dublin were subject to "unlawful surveillance".

The allegations, which first emerged in February, sent shockwaves through justice and political circles. Mr Kenny has said he will ensure the report is deliberated by the Government in the shortest time and then published.

The Cooke report is expected to identify the sequence of events and facts leading up to the inquiry and aims to review and assess any evidence of a security breach or attempted security breach at GSOC.

If necessary, the inquiry will make recommendations on how to improve the existing security arrangements of GSOC. There could also be recommendations with regard to legislation.

GSOC was not given a right of reply to the Government-ordered investigation into allegations of the bugging of its headquarters. However, it is understood that Mr Cooke did meet officials from GSOC in recent weeks but has not given the Garda Ombudsman's office a copy of the report.

The terms of reference for Mr Cooke's report do not oblige him to report back to GSOC.

Irish Independent

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