Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said the Taoiseach is not the appropriate person to investigate allegations of misconduct by Garda authorities and the Justice Minister and has called for an independent commission of investigation into the Minister’s handling of allegations of malpractice within An Garda Síochana.
Deputy Doherty raised the issue in the Dáil today at Leaders’ Questions.
Speaking afterwards he said;
“The response from Government on these latest revelations has been completely inadequate. The Taoiseach is not the appropriate person to investigate allegations of misconduct by Garda authorities and Minister Shatter.
“The latest information includes allegations of corruption of material, the destruction of material, of cover-up, of malpractice and of cases not being investigated properly resulting in other crimes up to the level of murder.
“We have the alleged bugging of GSOC, the penalty points controversy and the inappropriate or misleading comments given to the Dáil by the minister.
“In all of this the Government’s priority has been to spin and manoeuvre to protect itself.
“In fact the only person that has been held accountable in all of this is the Confidential Recipient who has been relieved of his duties for making inappropriate comments relating to the minister according to Charlie Flanagan.
“The government needs to get its priorities right. These are very serious allegations and they need to be investigated properly for the public good.
“We need a fully independent commission of investigation into all of these matters and the Ministers’ handling of them. And there needs to be consequences for those who have been found to have acted inappropriately in any of this.”