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Minister must reveal 'detailed information' in McCabe case - Adams

12 June, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams TD, has urged the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald to reveal the nature of the ‘more detailed information’ that she has been given by the Garda Commissioner regarding a meeting between two Garda officers and Sergeant Maurice McCabe in Mullingar. 

Speaking today Gerry Adams said:

“The government has failed to address key issues of best practice and accountability of an Garda Síochána. 

"Last week we learned that the Justice Minister has failed to act on a recommendation of the Garda Commissioner, made to her on May 19th, to refer recent allegations to GSOC.

“This follows the claim from two Gardaí that Sergeant McCabe was acting out of “malice".

“In a PQ response to Teachta Jonathan O’Brien the Justice Minister said that she was consulting ‘with the Attorney General about the precise nature of such a referral’ and that subsequently the Garda Commissioner had provided her with ‘more detailed information’.

“The Justice Minister needs to make clear, what this additional information was, is it new information, did she seek it from the Commissioner, and was it available to the O'Higgins Commission.

“We also need to know if she has now finally passed this complaint to GSOC.”

Note to Editor:

QUESTION NO:  92

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald)

by Deputy Jonathan O'Brien

for WRITTEN ANSWER on Wednesday, 8th June, 2016.  

  *  To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the date on which the Garda Commissioner asked her to refer the matter of two members of An Garda Síochána, allegedly misrepresenting a meeting in Mullingar, County Westmeath with a person (details supplied), to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission; if she has made this referral yet; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

                                                             - Jonathan O'Brien

REPLY.

On 19 May, 2016 the Garda Commissioner wrote to me asking that I use the legal powers available to me to ask the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission to investigate matters alleged to have occurred in relation to a meeting in Mullingar involving certain officers. I informed the House that I intended to do this and that I was consulting with the Attorney General about the precise nature of such a referral.

In recent days the Garda Commissioner provided me with more detailed information and I am now proceeding with the formal referral of the matter to GSOC.

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