Noting the conclusion of the High Court case taken by Ian Bailey against the State and An Garda Síochána Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins commented: “This is an important judgement in the High Court on very serious allegations made by Mr. Bailey against An Garda Síochána and the State. I am hopeful now that the conclusion of this case can clear the way for the draft report of the Fennelly Commission.

“Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly is conducting an extremely important inquiry into a number of issues, including the events surrounding the departure of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, and in particular the role of Taoiseach Enda Kenny prior to his resignation.

“It is one year since Mr. Callinan’s controversial departure as Garda Commissioner and we still are none the wiser about what happened.  The Taoiseach and his advisors have engaged in bluff and bluster to deflect from answering basic questions – namely was the Taoiseach recalled to give evidence to the inquiry amid reports of conflicting accounts being presented to the Judge.

“I fully respect the independence of Judge Fennelly and am hopeful that with the conclusion of the Bailey case he will now be in a position to publish his report.”