Wednesday 21 March 2018

Kenny can't have it both ways on Callinan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Frank McGrath

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny should offer an immediate explanation as to what happened on the night that former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan retired, resigned or was apparently relieved of his duties. An explanation was required last March when Commissioner Callinan left the force after controversies that also saw the resignation of Confidential Recipient Oliver Connolly.

The turmoil over the alleged bugging of the offices of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission, allegations of garda malpractice and taping of phone calls in garda stations and other places of detention, threatened to collapse the Government.

Mr Kenny intervened after he dispatched Brian Purcell, the outgoing secretary general of the Department of Justice, to Mr Callinan's home without the prior knowledge of then Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

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