Saturday 18 November 2017

What they said on the whistleblower crisis. . .

Taoiseach Enda Kenny:

"We'll deal with those matters tomorrow. We'll discuss it at the cabinet meeting tomorrow."


Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore:

"I think public officeholders and senior civil servants, from time to time, say things or use phrases that are a bit unfortunate. And I think it's always better that these things are cleared up as soon as possible so that we can get on and deal with what are the substantive issues. We need to move on to discuss the idea of the garda authority or a policing board drawn from across Irish society."


Transport Minister Leo Varadkar:

"I said what I said at the road safety conference on Thursday. I'm not resiling from my position but I'm not going to say any more at this stage, at least until we've had a chance to speak about it as ministers tomorrow."


Health Minister James Reilly:

"I intend to make my views known about it tomorrow in Cabinet and have a discussion about it with my colleagues. On the broader issue of whistleblowers: they are critically important – not just in the justice system but in the health system as well."

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte:

"I think the commissioner will recognise that the public mind is settled on this issue and I don't think the garda commissioner would want to ignore that."

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton:

"What I've said and what I'll just reiterate is that Leo Varadkar suggested that he might withdraw [his comment] and I said if that happened I thought it would be extremely helpful."

Garda spokesperson:

"No comment."

Irish Independent

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