Minister Kehoe's response to missing Defence reports simply not credible – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin Defence Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the failure of the Department of Defence to locate reports into Casement Aerodrome dating from the 1990s poses serious questions for the Government.
The Dublin South Central TD was speaking after challenging Defence Minister Paul Kehoe this week in the Dáil to explain why he had not initiated an inquiry into the missing reports which were compiled by Forbairt in 1995 and 1997 and examined carbon monoxide fumes from aircraft and the monitoring of air contaminants in workshops at Casement Aerodrome.
Teachta Ó Snodaigh said; “The inspection reports that the Minister claims have been lost were carried out on behalf of former State body Forbairt.
"They date back to the 1990s which is when the six former members of the Air Corps who have brought cases against the State were stationed at Baldonnel.
“In the Minister’s reply he claims there are 'speculative reasons' as to why the reports have gone missing, which is simply not credible and points to a potential cover-up.
“It is also incredulous that these inspection reports which cover different years have somehow vanished due to the change over to an electronic system or that the documents were somehow misplaced.
“I believe we now need a public inquiry into how these reports went missing as there is a suspicion that they deliberately destroyed in order to cover up knowledge of health and safety concerns at Casement Aerodrome.