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Jonathan O’Brien TD welcomes Garda Commissioner's commitment to check if whistleblower intelligence files exist

12 October, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking following the meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee today, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien welcomed the Garda Commissioner’s commitment to check if whistleblower intelligence files exist.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“During the Committee hearing, I asked Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan if intelligence files had been created on the garda whistleblowers and she stated that she was unaware of any.

“I subsequently asked the Garda Commissioner if she would check whether they existed and she confirmed that she would.

“I will be asking the Garda Commissioner to tell us when she will revert to the Committee members regarding this as it is a matter of public interest that she has committed to dealing with now.

“Aside from this the Garda Commissioner basically stonewalled the questions from the Committee pertaining to whistleblower allegations which does not bode well for the commitment to changing the culture of the Gardaí to become more open and transparent.”

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