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What those at the meeting believed was the message to Callinan


Martin Fraser

Martin Fraser

Martin Fraser

Taoiseach Enda Kenny instructed Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell to go to Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s home to express his concerns and get his views on the secret garda recordings.

The Fennelly Commission:

“A visit to the commissioner’s house by the secretary general was an event without precedent. It was taking place very late at night.”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny:

“The Taoiseach has assured the commission that he had no intention whatever of putting pressure on the commissioner to retire.”

Attorney General Máire Whelan:

“The Attorney General was very clear that no question arose about the commissioner being removed from office.”

Department of the Taoiseach secretary general Martin Fraser:

“On the other hand it did not escape Mr Fraser that one of the possible outcomes of Mr Purcell’s visit was that the commissioner might choose to retire. While Mr Fraser was surprised to be informed of it so soon, he was not surprised that a decision by the commissioner to retire was the ultimate outcome.”

Then Justice Minister Alan Shatter:

“Mr Shatter was firmly of the view that the commissioner was expected by the Taoiseach to consider his position.”

Irish Independent