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Callinan and McGuinness meeting raises more questions about Garda conduct - O'Brien

30 May, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has today said that the revelations regarding a secret car park meeting between Deputy John McGuinness when he was chair of the Public Accounts Committee and the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan raised serious questions for the current commissioner as well as the Minister for Justice.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“Both Martin Callinan and Deputy John McGuinness have questions to answer regarding their secret meeting in a car park on the Naas Road in January 2014, where Callinan allegedly told McGuinness that Sgt Maurice McCabe was not to be trusted.

“As the then chair of the PAC, John McGuinness’s actions in meeting Martin Callinan go far beyond that of an error of judgment, and people are entitled to ask why did this meeting take place in private?

“Clearly it was inappropriate, so why did John McGuinness wait two years to speak out about it?

“It is not unreasonable to ask how many other secret meetings have taken place between Garda Commissioners and politicians?  

“Did the current Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan - who sat beside Martin Callinan during the Committee meeting where he called McCabe’s actions ‘disgusting’ – know about this carpark meeting?

“I want to know if the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald intends to clarify what Garda Commissioner O’Sullivan knew about this meeting and whether they think this is an appropriate way to conduct business.” 

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