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Taoiseach must make statement outlining how he will deal with Jobstown trial allegations – McDonald

14 July, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Following yesterday’s admission by the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan that the review into the policing of the Jobstown protest will not include trial testimony by Gardaí, Public Accounts Committee member Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to clarify where exactly the matter will be dealt with.

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said:

“Just this week, the Taoiseach told the Dáil that ‘enormous cost’ goes into failed prosecutions by the state, and that ‘at the very least, if a prosecution fails in this way, there should be a review or an examination of the facts.  That is something that should occur.’

“Fast forward to the next day and, not only is the Garda Commissioner telling the PAC that the trial testimony by Gardaí will not be included in the Jobstown protest policing review, the Taoiseach’s response to this revelation is to chastise the PAC for doing their job.

“An Taoiseach has set his face against the call for a public inquiry into evidence given by Gardaí at the Jobstown trial, and the Garda Commissioner has admitted she does not intend to deal with the matter either.

“Leo Varadkar needs to make a statement outlining exactly how he intends to deal with the allegations surrounding the Jobstown trial evidence.” 

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