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Sunday 17 November 2019

Whistleblowers: Kenny declines to respond to Varadkar stance on Garda Commissioner

Fionnan Sheahan in Brussels

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has declined to respond to a Cabinet minister's call for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw his description of the actions of garda whistleblowers as "disgusting".

Mr Kenny was asked directly if he agreed with Transport Minister Leo Varadkar's views on Commissioner Martin Callinan's comment and if an apology was due.

"We have been over this ground on so many occasions. Clearly the Inspectorate report is now being implemented with 37 conditions, along with the O'Mahony report. And what you need here is a system that is transparent, that is accountable, that is oversighted and that removes any semblance of interference from any quarter about how this should be regulated," he said.

"That first meeting took place today and I expect a speedy and conclusive outcome to the report. GSOC themselves will come with a further report on the whole penalty points system and their recommendations, of course, will be implemented in full as well," he added.

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