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Garda Commissioner should withdraw comments and apologise or resign – Pádraig MacLochlainn TD

24 March, 2014 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD


Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Pádraig MacLochlainn TD has today said that if Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan does not withdraw his comments and apologise to the Garda whistleblowers then he should resign.

Deputy MacLochlainn said:

“The outrageous comments made by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan when he last appeared before the Oireacthas Public Accounts Committee have fundamentally undermined the stated objective of this government to encourage and support whistleblowers in the public and private sector.

“It is remarkable that weeks after making the comments the Commissioner still refuses to withdraw his remarks and apologise.

“I welcome the fact that a number of government Ministers have called on the Commissioner to withdraw his comments but an apology is also required.

“The people of this state expect that after the Cabinet meeting tomorrow the Taoiseach will demand a withdrawal and an apology from the Garda Commissioner.

“If this is not forthcoming from the Commissioner then his position is untenable and he should resign.”

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