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Taoiseach’s defence of Garda Commissioner’s failures ‘extraordinary and unprecedented’ – McDonald

20 July, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Pubic Accounts Committee member Mary Lou McDonald TD has described today’s comments by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defending Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s failure to inform the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Minister for Justice of financial irregularities at Templemore as “extraordinary and unprecedented”.

The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said:

“The Taoiseach condones the failure of the Garda Commissioner to inform the Minister for Justice of irregularities at Templemore.

“It is very worrying that the Taoiseach is content that Minister and Department of Justice were kept in the dark on such serious issues.

“The Taoiseach also condones the failure of the Commissioner to provide full and accurate information to the Comptroller and Auditor General.

“He defends the Commissioners actions in withholding information from the C&AG in respect of Templemore.

“This is an unprecedented statement by the head of government and a direct challenge to the authority of the office of the C&AG

“The Taoiseach’s defensive arguments about the Commissioner’s discretion are threadbare and are at odds with the position of the C&AG and the Commissioners legal advisor - both reflected in the PAC report

“It is unprecedented that the head of government show such disregard for the law, for good governance, and for a constitutional office of the state.

“In taking this position, Leo Varadkar has failed in his duties as Taoiseach.” 

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