Tuesday 12 November 2019

Taoiseach's department confirms receipt of Fennelly Commission report

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Niall O’Connor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has formally received the long-awaited Fennelly Report, which is examining the events that led to the resignation of Martin Callinan.

Mr Kenny is due to consult the office of Attorney General Máire Whelan before publishing the report, which was carried out by Judge Nial Fennelly.

“The report has been received in the Department.  The Taoiseach is obliged under section 38 of the Commissions of Investigation Act to consult with the sole member and to have the report reviewed by the Attorney General's office to determine if there is any impact on pending or ongoing criminal proceedings,” a Government spokeswoman said today.

“ The position remains as the Taoiseach has always said that the report will be published as soon as possible in accordance with the law,” she added.

The Fennelly Commission is set to determine whether Mr Callinan was forced from his position as a result of Cabinet concern over the garda tapes controversy.

The report will be sent to a number of key witnesses, including Mr Callinan, former Justice Minister Alan Shatter, former Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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