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Why won't Taoiseach say whether he was recalled by Fennelly? - Adams

16 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has asked why Taoiseach Enda refuses to say whether or not he was recalled to give evidence to the Fennelly Commission of Inquiry.

Gerry Adams said:

"The Fennelly Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate the practice of recording phone calls to and from Garda stations.”

"Its remit was extended to examine events leading up to the controversial resignation of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan 11 months ago.”

"Mr Callinan stepped down, it should be remembered, just hours after a visit to his home by the then-Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell.”

"The Taoiseach has always denied sacking the former Commissioner.”

"Brian Purcell, has since moved from his post and this was followed by the resignation if the Minister for Justice Minister Alan Shatter.”

"These events, coupled with the revelations by Garda whistle-blowers severely shook public confidence in the administration of the Gardaí.”

"Last May, Mr Purcell would not tell an Oireachtas committee what he said to the Garda Commissioner during that fateful visit to his home.”

"Now Mr Kenny is refusing to say whether he is one of three witnesses recalled to give more evidence before judge Fennelly; why is this?”

"As the Taoiseach is fond of telling us - 'Paddy needs to know’.”


"The Taoiseach's continued evasiveness on these issues will not do." 

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