Crisis of confidence in Taoiseach following Guerin revelations – Gerry Adams TD
Speaking following publication today of the Guerin Report, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:
“I want to thank Sean Guerin for his report and for the timely way that he produced the Review of Action taken by An Garda Síochána pertaining to Certain Allegations made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe.
“The findings vindicate Garda Maurice McCabe and underline the fact that he should have all his rights as a serving Garda restored immediately. I wrote last night to the interim Garda Commissioner asking her to do this.
“In all of this we should not lose sight of the serious nature of the issues involved, which include matters of such gravity as assault, abduction, child abuse - or in the manner in which citizens rights were ignored and undermined.
“It is clear from the Guerin Report that some of the guardians of the law have undermined the law. We need to see the Commission of Investigation, as recommended in the report, established as soon as possible. We also, importantly need to see a new beginning for policing in this state.
“It is clear from the report that former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter failed to follow up the serious issue raised by Garda whistleblower, Maurice McCabe.
“The series of scandals undermining confidence in the administration of Justice and the Gardai has resulted a crisis of confidence in the Taoiseach who fully supported the former Justice Minister and failed to recognise the gravity of these issues.
“The Taoiseach ignored, dismissed and ridiculed warnings from Sinn Féin and others in Opposition about the way the Government was reacting to these very serious issues.
“As far back as March I made the point to the Taoiseach that while personal loyalty may be admirable, that if he kept backing Minister Shatter, he was bringing his own office into disrepute. This is what he went on do.
“The Government bears collective responsibility for the recent series of debacles and we now need to see action that demonstrates an appetite for the necessary reforms and not mere promises.
“The Guerin report exposes a culture of concealment and cover-up in the Department of Justice, but these systemic problems are part a toxic political legacy which involves successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael-led administrations.
“The public is now alerted tom all these issues. That is vitally important to ensure a new beginning to policing that will also continue be Sinn Fein’s focus.”