FF expresses concern about AG comments on Supreme Court case

Published on: 25 March 2018

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure Dara Calleary has called for clarity following comments made by the Attorney General predicting the possible outcome of a Supreme Court case taken by former Rehab Chief Executive Angela Kerins against the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee.

The comments are reported in some media outlets today.

Deputy Calleary said, “The Attorney General’s decision to comment on ongoing legal procedures marks a worrying new departure for his office.  It is deeply inappropriate for the government’s legal adviser to be commenting publicly about any ongoing case and raises serious questions about his decision to do so.

“Was the AG expressing a personal opinion or does he have some inside knowledge that led him to come to this conclusion – if the latter is the case, it throws up a myriad of new problems for the government.

“I am calling on the Justice Minister to urgently clarify the situation to preserve not only the integrity of the office of the AG but also to reinforce the independence of the judiciary from government”.

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