Wednesday 22 November 2017

Taoiseach's office receives Cooke report

Enda Kenny speaks with members of the media in California
Enda Kenny speaks with members of the media in California
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that his office has received the highly anticipated Cooke report – which examined the alleged bugging of the Office of the Garda Ombudsman.

Mr Kenny told reporters in Silicon Valley that he will ensure the report is made public as soon as possible.

Retired High Court Judge John Cooke was tasked with examining allegations that the offices of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) were subject to "unlawful surveillance".

Mr Kenny said he has not yet seen the report due to his engagements abroad.

"I want to see it and read it obviously, I'll see that it is deliberated on by government in the shortest time and published as we've committed to do already," he said.

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 regards to legislation.

Irish Independent

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