Opinion Analysis

Sunday 8 December 2019

Questions that remain to be answered in garda tapes controversy?

* What advice did the Department of Justice give after the Garda Commissioner sought guidance on a proposed public statement to effectively retract his "disgusting" remarks about whistleblowers?

* Why did the Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, not tell the Minister for Justice sooner about the delivery of a letter from the Garda Commissioner, for the attention of the Minister, which provided details of undiscovered taped conversations from garda stations?

* Why was the Taoiseach not up to speed with the Garda Commissioner's correspondence dealing with the phone recordings?

* Why did Brian Purcell fail to notify the Taoiseach of the steps the Garda Commissioner had taken to cease the practice of recording telephone calls since November?

* Why were the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Mr Shatter not brought into the loop when the Taoiseach first sought to assess the legal implications of the phone recordings at Garda stations?

* Under what circumstances did the Taoiseach instruct Mr Purcell to visit the Garda Commissioner at home for the purposes of letting him know the Taoiseach's "grave concerns" on the matter?

* What were or are the Taoiseach's "grave concerns" and how did they in any way relate to the Garda Commissioner?

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