Friday 26 April 2019

Garda phone-tapping investigation report to be published this week – Taoiseach says

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Reuters
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Reuters
John Downing

John Downing

The final report into the alleged tapping of phone calls to garda stations is to be published this week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

Mr Kenny brushed aside criticisms from Labour leader Brendan Howlin who said the majority of TDs now had lost confidence in An Garda Síochána.

The Taoiseach said the Government still had confidence in Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and he pledged a comprehensive review of policing will get under way very quickly.

The Labour leader said the Policing Authority must be given extra powers after revelations on grossly exaggerated numbers of driver alcohol breath tests.

He said his party would only support the total policing review, agreed by Government this week, if they were satisfied that it was totally independent.

Mr Howlin also asked why proposed garda reforms put forward by various groups, including the November 2015, could not be put into effect promptly.

The Taoiseach said he will publish the report of investigations into garda station phone taps, carried out by Mr Justice Nial Fennelly, must be cleared for publication by the Attorney General.  He hoped this could be done this week.

Mr Kenny said the upcoming comprehensive review of policing did not mean proposed garda reforms could not go ahead in the meantime.

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