Fianna Fáil has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to immediately publish the long-awaited independent investigation into the controversial departure of ex-garda commissioner Martin Callinan due to the “serious nature of the issues involved”.
The opposition party’s justice spokesman Niall Collins made the call after it emerged Mr Kenny will receive a completed copy of the document on Monday, potentially opening up a fresh crisis for the Coalition.
The long-awaited interim report of the Fennelly commission was launched last year after claims the Taoiseach effectively sacked Mr Callinan during the penalty points and Garda station phone tapping scandals.
While Mr Kenny has insisted this did not take place, concerns have been raised over why he sent then Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell to the home of Mr Callinan — who subsequently retired — to highlight the Taoiseach’s worries on March 24, 2014.
Under laws to prevent political interference, a Taoiseach cannot sack a garda commissioner without cabinet agreement, a move not sought and which opposition parties insist potentially puts Mr Kenny’s own position under threat.
The section of the Fennelly commission report into the Callinan affair was expected to be completed at the start of this year before suffering a number of delays.
However, it emerged on Thursday evening that Mr Kenny — who as line minister is the only person who will be given a full version of the report — will be handed the document on Monday.
Responding to the news yesterday, Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins said the report must be made public immediately.
“In light of this and the serious nature of the issues involved, Fianna Fáil is calling on An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to publish the report as soon as it is in his possession,” he said.
While a Government spokesperson last night declined to comment, Mr Kenny told reporters earlier this year:
“I have already said, on many occasions, when I receive a copy that can be published, it will be published.”
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