Wednesday 17 January 2018

No rush to fill Justice job - Frances Fitzgerald

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said she will not be rushed into appointing a new Secretary General.

After the first process to find a replacement for former Secretary General Brian Purcell failed, Ms Fitzgerald is currently deciding whether to keep the process internal or open it up again to external candidates.

Mr Purcell was just one of the high profile departures from key justice positions last year.

He stood aside after Ms Fitzgerald repeatedly failed to express confidence in him after the report into the handling of allegations made by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Elsewhere, Fianna Fáil yesterday queried why the crime statistics compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on a quarterly basis have not been published for Quarter 3 of 2014. These statistics are usually published in December of the same year.

The party's justice spokesman Niall Collins said: "It is highly unusual that we would have to wait so long for the publication of crime statistics from the CSO. The same statistics for the 2013 period were published before Christmas in that year."

Irish Independent

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