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Taoiseach fails to offer credible explanation for his confidence in Garda Commissioner - Adams

10 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking following Leaders’ Questions today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said that the Taoiseach has failed to offer a credible explanation for continuing to express confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.

Teachta Adams made the comments after raising, with the Taoiseach, a document delivered to the PAC by the head of Garda Human Resources, Mr John Barrett that substantiates his contradictions of statements made by the Commissioner to the committee last week.

Gerry Adams TD said;

“The allegations made by Mr Barrett are extremely serious. He claims that he was frustrated in his efforts to raise alarming financial irregularities at Templemore, that auditors were purposely kept in the dark about what was happening, and he expressed his concerns that the response of senior Gardaí could be seen as a cover-up.

“The Commissioner claimed that she was unaware of the scale of the problem two years ago. However, Mr Barrett says that the issue was discussed with the Commissioner in a meeting in July 2015 that lasted over two hours. It was not a brief chat as the Commissioner told the Public Accounts Committee.

“Despite receiving strong advice from the head of Garda Legal affairs that she should inform the Minister for Justice about the irregularities, the Commissioner decided not to so. This contravened her clear legal obligation under the Garda Síochána Act.

“In light of this latest chapter in the story of scandal involving the Garda Commissioner, I asked the Taoiseach to offer a credible explanation as to why he retains confidence in the leadership of Nóirín O’Sullivan. He failed to provide one.

“A lack of accountability it is the key issue underpinning all of these controversies and scandals.

“The Taoiseach's position is clearly not acceptable or sustainable. The Commissioner has to go.”

Commenting on Fianna Fail’s position regarding the Commissioner, the Sinn Féin President said;

“It is not credible for Fianna Fáil to continue supporting a Government that refuses to remove a Garda Commissioner who the Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson has called on to resign.  It is a farcical position. It doesn't stand up to scrutiny.” 

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