Another Week



Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sillivan (left) and Justice Minister and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald

Earlier today, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald outlined the proposed areas for a root and branch review of An Garda Síochána including:

The structure of the force, recruitment and training, oversight and accountability, its culture and ethos as well as the legislative framework for policing.

Meanwhile, via RTÉ

It is understood that the Oireachtas Justice Committee has agreed to give the Garda Commissioner a week to respond to a list of questions on how the force responded to the controversies over breath tests and fixed charge notices The committee will meet tomorrow to sign off on the questions.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has already said an interim report will be delivered on the controversies in a month and a final report in 3 months.

However, the Justice Committee will focus on the timeline of the gardaí response to the discrepancies over 14,700 wrongful convictions and the number of breath tests being exaggerrated by 1 million.


The Taoiseach told the Dáil that he received the Fennelly Report last weekend and has given it to the Attorney General. The report was into the recordings of phone calls at garda stations.

He said the report ran to over 740 pages, with the summary running to 85 pages. He said he would publish it as soon as the Attorney General informs him that he can.

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8 thoughts on “Another Week

  1. dav

    I think it’s clear by now that the Gardaí must have a significant amount of dirt about the blushirts since they are willing to bring down the government to save Noreen. A decision must have been made after the shafting of the previous commissioner that in the future no government party would be allowed to shaft the next commissioner and dossiers were prepared on blushirt activities and figures.

      1. dav

        Well they would have applied the same intelligence gathering criteria that they have used and are continuing to use against other “undesirable” political parties and their members.

    1. dav

      wow, that takes the “look over here” element to your defence of the blushirts to a new level??!

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