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Silence is deafening from Commissioner O’Sullivan – Mary Lou McDonald

20 May, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has called on Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to make a statement clarifying her instructions to her legal representatives at the O’Higgins inquiry.

Deputy McDonald said it is not acceptable that a full two days have passed since Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she expected a further statement from the commissioner without any comment coming from her office.

Speaking today Deputy McDonald said;

“It’s been over a week now since the Irish Examiner broke the story about the comments of Commissioner O’Sullivan’s legal representatives at the O’Higgins tribunal and the response from both the commissioner and the minister has been far from satisfactory to say the least.

“The silence from Commissioner O’Sullivan is deafening a full two days after Minister Fitzgerald said she expected a further statement to be forthcoming. This is completely unacceptable.

“Minister Fitzgerald’s response has been to say as little as possible including refusing point blank to answer direct questions over the course two days in the Dáil this week. This is a far cry from the new politics that we are hearing so much about from the new government.

“Statements have now been scheduled in the Dáil for next week on this issue but we are still in the dark in relation to Commissioner O’Sullivan’s instructions to her legal team and whether or not two gardaí claimed that Sergeant McCabe admitted to them that he was acting out of malice.

“Commissioner O’Sullivan must make a statement on this matter at the earliest opportunity. There is nothing legally preventing her from commenting despite claims to the contrary.”


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