From top: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams
During Leaders’ Questions.
The leader of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams told the Dáil new documentation has been provided to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by the executive director of human resources and people development at An Garda Síochána John Barrett.
Readers may recall how Mr Barrett last week told PAC, in the presence of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, that he held a meeting with Ms O’Sullivan for “over two hours” in which he raised issues about the Garda College in Templemore, while Ms O’Sullivan, in contrast, said it was “brief” while she has “having tea”.
Mr Adams said the new documentation provided to PAC shows further contradictions.
During his exchange with Mr Kenny.
Gerry Adams: “Taoiseach, I understand that documentation has been given to the Public Accounts Committee by John Barrett, which completely contradicts and undermines the account given by the [Garda] Commissioner OSullivan last Thursday about her conversations with Mr Barrett over financial irregularities at Templemore. And this latest development today comes after contradictory statements from the Commissioner O’Sullivan and the executive director of human resources, the aforementioned Mr Barrett. So I want to ask you: why you would then end the never-ending crisis and scandal surrounding the senior management of An Garda Siochana.”
Adams: “Taoiseach, the Commissioner’s position is untenable but it’s not easy to understand why you will not remove her from office. There’s no rational explanation. The majority of parties here in Leinster House now want the Commissioner to go and you need to act in the best interests of An Garda Siochana, for the sake of the people of this state, the Commissioner needs to go and go now. So, will you finally accept this reality and relieve Noirin O’Sullivan from her duties as Commissioner, if she refuses to resign.”
Kenny: “The Public Accounts Committee and this house, as deputy Adams well knows, is removed from influence of the Oireachtas. And I’m not aware of the papers you refer to being given to the Public Accounts Committee. They have certainly not come into my possession nor should they if they’re given to the chairman or a member of the Public Accounts Committee. I have confidence in the Garda Commissioner to do her job.”
“This morning, the Cabinet approved the nomination of Kathleen O’Toole, who is the chief of police in Seattle, to chair the review body dealing with the, with An Garda Síochána. She is an outstanding person of very great experience, both in the legal terms, in policing terms, with a deep understanding of the position that applies here in Ireland. I would expect that nomination to be ratified by Cabinet next week.”
“In addition, the Cabinet also approved this morning the terms of reference for Project Eagle which was a matter that was raised by people here on a number of occasions and, following receipt of further observations, from the Fianna Fail party, and Deputy Wallace, I took those account and had approval given for the terms of reference for that. These are actions that are being taken by Government in respect of matters of public concern.”
Previously: Why The Long Face?
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Honestly, I just want to know what she has on Enda.
Those cheeky pics of him in a nuns habit and a suspender belt.
Can the Taoiseach fire the Garda Commissioner? Does he have that power?
Fitzer can, she holds the power.
If O Sullivan goes, Fitzgerald will probably follow and the government soon after…thus nothing will be done for as long as they can get away with it.
Could Zappone be similarly disappeared?
the commissioner is her own worst enemy. Stupid pointless lies like this will lead to her stepping down sooner rather than later.
Really does all the politicians expressing confidence in her no favours either
A Garda Commissioner who is a proven liar being defended by a Prime Minister who is also a proven liar.
The hypocrisy of those fuppers wearing green ribbons for mental health given the damage they’ve caused to thousands over the years. So much for no badges in the Dail, eh?
I wonder is there more to this than meets the eye. Alan Kelly seems to have ‘local’ knowledge of goings on in Templemore. Is this little teatime faux pas the tip of the iceberg?