Wednesday 21 March 2018

Renua's Lucinda Creighton: I will go to gardai over disposal of Callinan's personal papers and disappearance of SIM card

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton says she is to go directly to An Garda Siochana over the disposal of personal papers and disappearance of a SIM card belonging to former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

The Dublin Bay South TD today expressed deep concern over the Fennelly report finding that potentially valuable information was not made available to the Commission.

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

And she said she intends to directly contact Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, Mr Callinan's success, to call for a full probe.

"I will yes, I'll be making contact with the Garda Commissioner. I don't know the facts or circumstances here, all I'm aware of are very very serious allegations and if they are true then I think it absolutely merits a full investigation," Ms Creighton said.

She made the remarks ahead of the party's think-in in Dublin this morning.

In his report, Mr Justice Nial Fennelly said it has been striking how little documentary evidence was available to his team.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

Mr Callinan told the Commission that he had cleared out all personal papers after he announced his retirement and he did not have any written notes to support his evidence. He was, however, able to produce his diary for the year 2014.

On March 25, Mr Callinan went to a filing unit in the Conference Room, where he kept personal papers, and requested black refuse sacks as he wished to sort through his files.

He later asked a Superintendent to dispose of 8 to 10 bags of personal papers, which were shredded on April 4th, 2014.

The report also details how the SIM card in Commissioner Callinan’s phone was removed and subsequently destroyed.

The Commission again wrote to Mr Callinan and asked him to search for the phone.

He found it and furnished it to the Commission but it had no SIM card in it and no information stored on it.

An Assistant Commissioner said that the phone had been returned to the force by Mr Callinan - but that the SIM card had been removed.

The issue of the shredded papers and missing SIM are among the factors that prompted calls to recall the Dáil next week to discuss the Fennelly report.

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