Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has expressed serious concern about media reports that publication of the controversial Fennelly Report is to be delayed indefinitely. He has called on the Taoiseach to make a statement on the matter and make it clear that the module relating to the departure of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan should be published this month as previously promised.
Deputy Martin commented, “The suggestion that the truth of the Taoiseach’s involvement in the departure of Martin Callinan will now potentially not be known until after the General Election is simply outrageous and unacceptable.
“It was always clear that the issue of Mr Callinan’s departure should not have been included with an investigation into the issues related to the recording of phone calls to Garda stations. But it was also made clear that this element would be investigated separately and reported separately during March 2015.
“The idea that the report will be mothballed indefinitely on the grounds that there are elements of the report that relate to the ongoing case being taken by Ian Bailey, must be challenged.
“There are very serious questions about the involvement of the Taoiseach and the Secretary General of the Department of Justice in the departure of a Garda Commissioner. Answering these questions never required any investigation – the Taoiseach could have simply come into the Dáil and given a proper account of what happened. However, he decided otherwise and a retired Supreme Court Judge was appointed to investigate the matter. But the Irish people are going to be asked to accept the proposition that despite these most serious questions hanging over the leader of Government, despite an investigation into these questions being complete, we cannot now read the relevant report?
“The Taoiseach must make a statement today to confirm whether or not he has received correspondence to this effect from Mr Fennelly. If so, he must ask Mr Fennelly to immediately publish the Martin Callinan module as promised.
“Any other course of action from the Taoiseach would be unacceptable.”