Taoiseach’s spin on Fennelly is not credible and he should consider his position – O Snodaigh
Deputy Aengus O Snodaigh has said that the orders given by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in sending the Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, to the home of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan had the ‘obvious effect of conveying to Commissioner Callinan that he should resign’.
Deputy O Snodaigh has also said that the Taoiseach should consider his position and that the Dáil should be reconvened to discuss the report next week.
Speaking after the publication of the Fennelly report Deputy O Snodaigh said:
“The Taoiseach’s spin in relation to the findings of this report is not credible and he must now consider his position. The Dáil must be reconvened next week to discuss this report and the evidence contained therein in relation to serious and multiple Government failures.
“It was inevitable that Commissioner Callinan would see no other option but to resign following a visit by the Secretary General of the Department to his home on the orders of the Taoiseach. The conflicting evidence contained in the Fennelly report is extraordinary and raises questions as to why the Taoiseach felt the need to send Mr Purcell on the Government’s behalf in the manner in which he did, rather than waiting until the following morning’s cabinet meeting to discuss Commissioner Callinan’s position?
“Furthermore, this report calls into serious doubt the position of the Attorney General who was aware of important information for months and decided not to communicate this information with Cabinet members and other relevant parties.
“The events that led to the Commission of Investigation shook public confidence in the administration of the Gardaí. The delay in the publication of this report, coupled with the confusion caused by the Taoiseach in his failure to answer questions regarding his own contribution to the Fennelly investigation and now his less-than-convincing spin that he is in the clear following the publication of this report, has only served to make matters worse.
“The response from Fine Gael and the Labour Party to this entire crisis has at all times been reactionary and has focused solely on political damage control rather than on addressing the root causes of the problem.
“Sinn Féin will examine the report in more detail in the days to come and will continue to question the Government in relation to the way in which the crisis in An Garda Síochána has been handled.”