Taoiseach Enda Kenny shaking hands with Sgt Maurice McCabe in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath during the 2014 local and European elections
You may recall how Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins was appointed last year to carry out a Commission of Investigation into allegations made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe, following a report by Sean Guerin SC, who recommended such an investigation take place.
The allegations pertained to allegations of Garda corruption and malpractice in the Cavan-Monaghan division.
Further to this, the Commission has requested more time to carry out its work and asked for its deadline to be extended until April 29.
The Department of Justice sez:
“The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has extended the reporting date for the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation by three months to end April 2016 following a request from the Commission.”
“This Commission of Investigation was established to investigate and report on certain matters relative to the Cavan/Monaghan Division of the Garda Síochána and has Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins as Sole Member. The Commission commenced its work on 10 February 2015 and was set an indicative period of one year within which to report.”
“The Commission submitted an Interim Report on 14 December 2015 requesting the Minister to exercise her powers under section 6(6) of the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 to provide a three month extension for the Commission to report. The Commission is now proposing to report by 29 April 2016. The Minister has granted the extension.”
See the interim report here.
More to follow.