The Yates Anthology: Enda's a lame duck after report exposé
The fog surrounding the publication of the Fennelly Report has cleared and we're left with 'inconvenient truths' about the sequence of events leading to the 'retirement' of Martin Callinan. Despite the support of his colleagues, there remain serious credibility issues around Taoiseach Enda Kenny's position.
The report's reference (32.3) to "conflicting sworn evidence from responsible ministers and officials at the highest level in the State" is lethal. Everyone can't be right. Alan Shatter, Martin Fraser, Brian Purcell and Martin Callinan all believe that the import of that meeting to dispatch Purcell to Callinan's house on March 24 was not merely "information gathering". Shatter described this notion as a "fantasy".
A serious flaw in the commission reporting process is a failure to attach transcripts of such sworn evidence. Unlike in tribunals, interviews are conducted in private. Publication of statements from these four figures at the apex of state security would provide first-hand clarity as to what really happened.