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Fennelly Commission terms of reference need amending - Mac Lochlainn

5 July, 2015 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Government to amend the terms of reference of the Fennelly Commission, as the current terms of reference prevent the examination of allegations concerning the bugging of conversations in some Garda stations by Gardaí. 

Responding to the revelations which were published in the Sunday Business Post today, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

"Following these revelations, it is clear that the Government must amend the terms of reference of the Fennelly Commission.

"It would be farcical for the Commission to only examine tapes of recorded phone conversations at some Garda stations and not examine allegations of bugging at Garda stations.

"This latest development demonstrates again the problems with the Commission, from the decision by the Government to instigate the Commission and its terms of reference in an environment of political panic, to the outrageous length of time it has taken for the public to learn the Commission's findings on the circumstances leading to the sudden retirement of the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan.

"It is long past time that the Fennelly Commission's interim report on those circumstances was published."

 ENDS

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