Sunday 17 December 2017

Tanaiste supports calls for Commissioner to withdraw ‘disgusting’ comment

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore is sick but is understood to be supporting calls for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw his comments about garda whistleblowers.

Labour Party deputy leader Joan Burton has backed Transport Ministers Leo Varadkar's call for Commissioner Martin Callinan to withdraw his remark that the actions of the whistleblowers were "disgusting".

Ms Burton's comments came after contact with Mr Gilmore's office, so she was not speaking in isolation.

Mr Gilmore was expected to weigh into the row over Commissioner Callinan's stance on garda whistleblowers today.

But he is sick and unable to conduct a planned interview on the matter.

A spokesman confirmed the Tanaiste is "ill".

Mr Varadkar has reignited the controversy by calling on Commissioner Callinan to withdraw the comments.

Mr Gilmore is understood to support Ms Burton's comment that it would be "helpful" if the Commissioner withdrew the "disgusting" remark.

"His view is the same. It would be helpful if the remark was withdrawn. The views expressed by Joan are the views of the Tanaiste. I can't think of any Labour minister who would disagree with that," a senior Labour source said.

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