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Garda Commissioner has questions to answer: MacLochlainn

3 July, 2013 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


Speaking today after a meeting of the Public Oversight and Petitions Committee, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has said that the Garda Commissioner must appear before it as serious questions remain regarding the level of cooperation between the gardaí and the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) as well as the handling of garda informers.
The Donegal deputy said that the Garda Ombudsman Commissioners’ contribution to the committee meeting today leaves serious questions for the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan, to answer.
The Ombudsman Commissioners were called to the committee after making serious criticism in a report following their Public Interest Investigation into alleged collusion between members of the force and a convicted drug dealer.
Deputy MacLochlainn continued:
"The GSOC expressed concern that the lessons of the Morris Tribunal have not been learned in relation to the handling of informers and the retention of contemporaneous notes. They further outlined the poor levels of cooperation from the Gardaí with their investigations.
“The public need answers and immediate reassurance that these concerns will be addressed"
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