‘I Just Don’t Remember’



Readers may recall how members of senior Garda management fielded questions in the Oireachtas justice and equality committee in light of the Crowe Horwath report for the Policing Authority on the fake breath tests and issuing of summonses.

During the meeting, Independents 4 Change TD Mick Wallace revealed that a new Garda whistleblower, whom he said is out sick because of work-related stress, has made a protected disclosure.

Mr Wallace didn’t disclose any more details.

Readers may wish to note that, during the same meeting, Mr Wallace asked the Chief Administration Officer for An Garda Siochana Joe Nugent about former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan’s private Gmail account.

Specifically, Mr Wallace put it to Mr Nugent that he did a report on the use of a Gmail account by Ms O’Sullivan and then asked if he had sent this report to the Department of Justice.

Mr Nugent said he couldn’t remember if he did, in fact, create such a report.

But he said:

“I certainly looked at emails going back, that’s about 12 months ago, deputy. Can I remember if it was sent to the Department of Justice? I don’t know. It is over 12 months ago that that issue occurred. So, again, I just don’t remember that.”

Mr Wallace also asked Mr Nugent, and the other Garda officials, if any of them had received emails from Ms O’Sullivan’s Gmail account.

Mr Nugent said he would have received “press commentary and interesting articles” from Ms O’Sullivan’s Gmail account.

But he said he didn’t receive any emails regarding official Garda business.

Deputy Garda Commissione John Twomey also said he received press articles.

The other gardai said they either didn’t or they couldn’t recall receiving any such correspondence via Ms O’Sullivan’s Gmail.

Further to this…

Yesterday, Sarah Bardon, in The Irish Times, reported:

Gardaí failed to provide a report to the Policing Authority on a private email account used by former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.

“The Irish Times has learned the Policing Authority requested a report “in relation to the email issue mentioned, including some sense of the volumes of traffic on official devices, the scale of usage, content risk and how assurance on mitigation of this risk is provided”.

“This request was made at a meeting in December 2016, a month after it emerged Ms O’Sullivan had used a commercial email service to send official Garda correspondence.

“A similar request to An Garda Síochána was made by the former minister for justice, Frances Fitzgerald.

Nóirín O’Sullivan private email not reported to Policing Authority (Sarah Bardon, The Irish Times)

Previously: When Is A Trawl Not A Trawl?

10 thoughts on “‘I Just Don’t Remember’

    1. Steve White

      Why does Sarah Barron call NoS gmail account a private email address and also call Minister Fitzgeralds @ justice account as private too

  1. Joe

    “Mr Nugent said he couldn’t remember if he did, in fact, create such a report”

    With a reply to a TD like that one from Mr Nugent,… you have to ask yourself
    Would you buy a used car from this person?

    I don’t think so….

  2. Sheik Yahbouti

    I think it’s beginning to dawn on Nugent that Wallace, somehow, has got hold of the goods.

  3. nellyb

    – ‘My pension didn’t come through’
    – ‘…and you are?’
    – ‘Nugent, Joseph Nugent”
    – ‘You’re not entitled’
    – ‘Check your records’
    – ‘We don’t keep records’
    – ‘But…’
    – ‘Next!’

  4. Jan Quadrant Vincent

    Mick’s wry smile at the end is very telling – what does he know that we don’t !

    1. GiggidyGoo

      All will become clear when the next Justice Minister and Commissioner (if promoted through the ranks) fall.

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