Shane Phelan: GSOC's credibility not being helped by policy of silence
The crisis sparked by the garda watchdog's snooping on the phone records of journalists has now been continuing for almost a week. Yet no one from the embattled Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has yet seen fit to publicly comment on the issue.
Although the commission's chairperson, High Court judge Mary Ellen Ring, has met Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald on the issue, we have yet to hear any public explanation for its actions. We can, however, deduce that whatever was discussed at that meeting did not reassure Ms Fitzgerald enough for her to let the matter lie.
Indeed, so serious was the situation in the eyes of the Justice Minister that she moved yesterday to appoint the former chief justice, John Murray, to review the legislation which allowed GSOC access the records.