Thursday 14 November 2019

Phil Hogan: Garda Commissioner doesn’t have to withdraw whistleblower comments

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

Fionnan Sheahan

Environment Minister Phil Hogan says the Garda Commissioner does not have to withdraw his comments on the garda whistleblowers.

Mr Hogan was responding to calls for Commissioner Martin Callinan to take back his description of the whistleblowers actions as “disgusting”.

“No, I think the Garda Commissioner has clarified his comments in the context in which he made them,” he said.

Labour Party Cabinet ministers and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar have intensified the pressure on the Commissioner over the remarks. 

Mr Hogan said the issues raised by the whistleblowers are being investigated and recommendations implemented.

“It was important due process be carried out,” he said on RTE’s This Week.

Mr Hogan said not all ministers had called on the Commissioner to withdraw his comments.

“No they haven’t,” he said.

The Environment Minister said he was going to follow Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s instruction to express his view at the Cabinet table.

“I respect his position and I am going to respect his view that we should express them at Cabinet,” he said.


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