From top: Garda Commissioner Nóirin O’Sullivan; Senator Michael McDowell
In the Seanad.
Senator McDowell said that Ms O’Sullivan should step aside “for the duration of the tribunal until it has reported, or permanently’’.
Mr McDowell said it was totally inconceivable that officers, including senior officers of a disciplined force, should be asked in public to accuse the person in charge of them of grave misbehaviour in evidence to a public inquiry.
He said it would be difficult for them to instruct counsel to cross-examine that person as to her honestly, reliability and suitability for office.
Mr McDowell said the public should not be judge and jury in the matter.
“However, the rights of all persons and the public to fairness come first,’’ he added. “The determination that the commissioner should remain in place during the tribunal is neither fair, nor appropriate nor defensible.”
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