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Jonathan O’Brien TD calls for Garda Commissioner to step aside

8 February, 2017 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has called on the Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan to step aside without prejudice during the course of the Commission of Investigation into whistleblower allegations.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“It is our understanding that Judge Charleton has been tasked with leading the Commission of Investigation into the whistleblower allegations that go to the heart of Garda management.

“Therefore, we are asking that Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan step aside for the duration of the Commission of Investigation as she has been specifically named in these allegations.

“This is no reflection on Commissioner O’Sullivan or a comment on the validity of the allegations, but rather a statement on the need for there to be continued public confidence in the operation of An Garda Síochana.

“Morale has been at a low ebb in recent times in the service, and the public are entitled to see the Gardaí acting in a transparent and accountable manner.

“For that reason, we are calling for the Garda Commissioner to step aside, without prejudice to its outcome, for the duration of the Commission of Investigation.”

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