Ó Cualáin says sorry to PAC for 'error'
Acting Garda Commissioner Donall Ó Cualáin has apologised to the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for his "error" in committing to provide TDs with a report on the reopening of Stepaside Garda station.
The Government plans to reopen six stations and the interim Garda report named four as possible locations. There was controversy when the Cabinet decided Stepaside would definitely be reopened, a key demand of Transport Minister Shane Ross. In July, Mr Ó Cualáin committed to providing the PAC with the report.
Now, in correspondence to TDs, he said he shouldn't have made the commitment. He said the decision on whether to release the report was a matter for the Department of Justice, which has indicated it would be "inappropriate" to release it at this time. Mr Ó Cualáin, who will attend the PAC today, stressed he was keen to support the TDs' work and suggested there could be a "full discussion" after the report was finalised as early as next month.