Waterford case puts spotlight on illegal Garda phone taping – Cullinane
Sinn Féin’s Senator David Cullinane has called on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to resign.
Responding to the latest revelations about the taping of telephone conversations at Garda stations Senator Cullinane said:
“The Minister’s position is untenable – he simply has to go. We are being drip fed information that in any other democracy would be in the public domain.
“This is a disgraceful situation that it undermines the operation of justice.
“The case which prompted the Government to set up a commission of investigation into the recording of phone calls to and from Garda stations was the trial of four Gardaí in relation to the assault of a member of the public in Waterford.
“Anthony Holness made a complaint in February 2010 at Waterford Garda station about his treatment at the hands of Gardaí.
“A file was prepared for the DPP and four Gardaí based at Waterford Garda station were prosecuted for different offences.
“The Judge in the case ruled the recordings could not be used against the accused. She also said the practice of Garda stations recording incoming and outgoing calls was in breach of the law, which requires that at least one of the parties involved must have consented to the recording.
“The Judge ruled the recordings could not be used against the accused. She also said the practice of Garda stations recording incoming and outgoing calls was in breach of the law.
“In Waterford or anywhere else this practice is appalling, illegal and unacceptable. The government has serious and urgent questions to answer. Minister Shatter, the Attorney General and the Taoiseach owe us all a full explanation.”