Tuesday 20 February 2018

The people pay Purcell's salary and deserve to be given the whole truth

Secretary general's credibility is in question and he must account for his actions, writes Daniel McConnell

Brian Purcell
Brian Purcell
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

HE is the last man standing at the heart of the country's greatest justice crisis in more than 30 years.

This ongoing wave of scandal has led to the sacking of a garda confidential recipient, the premature retirement/resignation of a garda commissioner and the abrupt resignation of a justice minister.

Brian Purcell is currently the secretary general of the Department of Justice; his minister has yet to say she has confidence in him and he is under significant pressure to relinquish his post. Now attempting to limit the scope of an Oireachtas committee as to what questions can be asked of him, Purcell's fate hangs in the balance with his credibility in question.

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