Sunday 18 February 2018

Fianna Fail use Fennelly report to ramp up pressure on AG

No bombshell for gardai in Commission findings but questions for Taoiseach linger

Attorney General Maire Whelan Photo: Tom Burke
Attorney General Maire Whelan Photo: Tom Burke
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

For the second time in a matter of weeks, Garda management have been found to be clueless as to the curious goings on in Garda stations around the country.

It emerged last month that senior officers apparently had no idea that gardai had been making up the numbers of breath tests at alcohol checkpoints and logging on them on the computer system. Then last week, the long-awaited Fennelly report found they were also "ignorant" that calls to Garda stations were routinely recorded.

When it was revealed almost by accident in 2014 that calls into Garda stations were being secretly recorded, the Attorney General, Maire Whelan, was so alarmed that her assessment presented those hearing it with a vista of convictions falling, jails being thrown open and prisoners being released on to the streets.

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