Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan with, to her left, Detective Superintendent Tony Howard
But this newspaper can reveal that several senior members of the force have contacted Garda Headquarters in recent days to request instructions and guidance because they either want to submit evidence, or fear they will be called as witnesses.
A number of senior officers voiced concern that this instruction was not forthcoming.
And in further revelations, Ms O’Sullivan – who is at the centre of the Charleton Inquiry – has appointed some of her closest associates to the liaison team with the judge involved.
These are understood to include retired assistant commissioner Mick O’Sullivan and former chief superintendent Brendan Mangan.
It can also be revealed that Detective Superintendent Tony Howard has been made go-between for the force and Judge Charleton.
This is despite the fact that the officer is a close associate of both Commissioner and her husband Detective Chief Supt Jim McGowan…