Key conclusions reached by Fennelly
The events leading up to the retirement of the Garda Commissioner were beset by serious information deficits and multiple failures of communication.
- Had then Justice Minister Alan Shatter been fully briefed on the issues earlier, it is likely that events on the evening of March 24 would not have unfolded the way they did.
- The Attorney General did not contact the Justice Minister, either to elicit his assistance in seeking further information from An Garda Siochána, or to discuss with him the serious view she had taken of the tapes.
- The commission accepts the Taoiseach did not intend to put pressure on the Garda Commissioner to retire.
- The commission finds that Brian Purcell received no clear instructions on the detail of the message that he was to convey to the Garda Commissioner.
- Brian Purcell was, at least implicitly, instructed to tell the commissioner that the Garda recordings would be discussed at Cabinet, that the Taoiseach would be proposing a Commission of Investigation and there was a possibility he might not be able to express confidence in the commissioner.