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Kenny further fuels speculation of his role in Callinan resignation

19 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has this evening further fuelled speculation regarding his role in the controversial resignation of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

During an interview on RTÉ's Prime Time, Mr Kenny again refused to clear up speculation as to whether he was recalled for questioning by the Fennelly Commission.

Gerry Adams said:

"The Taoiseach this evening, once again, refused on several occasions to answer the extremely important question as to whether he is one of three witnesses recalled to give further evidence to the Fennelly Commission.

"Mr Kenny clearly has questions to answers surrounding the events leading to the resignation of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, just hours after a visit to his home by the then-Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell.

"While the Taoiseach has denied sacking the former Commissioner, Brian Purcell was removed from his post and this was followed by the resignation of Minister for Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

"These were serious developments which go to the heart of the administration of justice and the Gardaí.

"Brian Purcell has refused to tell an Oireachtas committee what he said to the Garda Commissioner. So we don't know if he acted outside his remit.

"There is ongoing concern about the role of the Taoiseach in this whole affair.

"But rather than clearing things up Mr Kenny is now refusing to say whether he is one of three witnesses recalled to give more evidence before Judge Fennelly, further fuelling speculation about his role.

"Why will the Taoiseach not come clean on this issue?"

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