Fennelly Fallout: GRA: Callinan departure was due to political interference

The body representing rank-and-file gardaí has said it still believes former commissioner Martin Callinan was removed from his office through political interference.

The Fennelly report found Mr Callinan’s decision to retire was “precipitated” by a visit to his home by a senior civil servant on behalf of the Taoiseach but also that the decision was the commissioner’s and he could have decided not to retire.

Yesterday, the Garda Representative Association said it was still considering the Fennelly report but “we see no evidence to suggest that our previous appraisal was incorrect — that there was political interferencein the removal of Commissioner Callinan from office”.

In April 2014, a few weeks after Mr Callinan’s departure, GRA general secretary PJ Stone said the commissioner was given no option but to fall on his sword and his departure “clearly illustrates to me at least, that the Garda Síochána is subject to political whim”.

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