Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams tonight said that it is not credible that the Minister for Justice was unaware of last June’s Ombudsman’s report which details the illegal Garda practice of recording incoming and outgoing calls from Garda stations.
The Sinn Féin leader called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice to come into the Dáil and give a full account of what the government knew and when.
Gerry Adams said:
“The Garda Ombudsman report published last June clearly identifies the Garda practice of recording outgoing and incoming calls.
At that time the Ombudsman said that the ‘Garda Commissioner may wish to re-evaluate his practise regarding the recording of such calls.’
The Ombudsman’s report would have been sent to the Garda Commissioner and to the Department of Justice.
It is not credible that the Minister for Justice was unaware of this or that he was not told of Ombudsman’s concern.
This is the latest in a series of debacles around An Garda Siochána, the administration of justice and the Minister for Justice.
Minister Shatter has on every occasion sought to protect the Garda Commissioner who has now resigned; he tried to discredit the Garda whistle-blowers Sergeant Maurice McCabe and former Garda John Wilson, and he undermined the office of the Garda Ombudsman over the bugging allegations.
The Taoiseach has said he will not ask Minister Shatter to resign. That is a mistake”.