Sunday 21 January 2018

Taoiseach reveals 35 allegations of garda wrongdoing sent to his office

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed that he has personally received details of three dozen allegations of garda wrongdoing over the past fortnight.

Mr Kenny said that some of the correspondence contained allegations of a very serious nature and that he now must decide who is responsible for examining the contents.

Details of the claims were received by Mr Kenny's private office since revelations emerged over the widespread taping of phone calls at garda stations across the country.

According to Mr Kenny, some of the claims received in recent days relate to allegations of wrongdoing and garda corruption that date back years.

The Taoiseach made the revelations in a debate in the Seanad last night on the establishment of the Independent Commission into the tapes scandal. He told senators that his sole interest in setting up the commission was in "pursuing the truth", which was at the heart of the public interest.

"It appears that the practices which will be investigated by the commission may have been going on for 30 years. I believe that the establishment of the commission is the most appropriate, timely and cost effective way of getting to the truth," he said.

"I believe that the commission's comprehensive terms of reference will ensure that all relevant issues are investigated in a thorough and timely manner and I commend the motion to the House," he added.

Mr Kenny made reference to the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case – which sparked the revelations of the recording of phone calls in garda stations.

He said that the murder had never been solved and that the French woman's killer "may well be at large".

Irish Independent

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