Saturday 16 December 2017

Scandal not about use of a single word

A retraction from Callinan wouldn't have made a blind bit of difference, says Gene Kerrigan

There was a moment last week – serious and all as the week was – when I got a fit of the giggles. It was right after "sources close to" the former Garda Commissioner leaked some astonishing news. It seems that last Friday week Mr Callinan was about to retract his infamous "disgusting" remark. With one bound, our hero would be free of the calls for his resignation.

But, said the "sources", Mr Callinan was "advised" not to do so – by a senior Department of Justice official.

That's when I spluttered Complan all down the front of my "Keep Calm and Pretend It's Not Happening" T-shirt.

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