O’Callaghan demands answers over Dept of Justice Reform programme

Published on: 28 January 2018

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Jim O’Callaghan has called on the Taoiseach to outline what progress has been made in relation to a promised overhaul of the Department of Justice.  Leo Varadkar committed to reforming the Department after labelling it “dysfunctional” in the wake of the Justice email controversy late last year.

Deputy O’Callaghan commented, “Despite committing to an external inquiry into the email controversy which led to the resignation of the former Justice Minister, and to the establishment of an “independent and change implementation group” to assess the progress of reform in Department of Justice, review its culture and examine its relationship with the Gardaí, there has been no update from the Taoiseach on the progress of either of these issues.

“I am deeply concerned that these commitments will be allowed to fall by the wayside, in much the same way that the Toland Report was allowed to gather dust on a shelf for three years.  Fine Gael in government has made a habit out of commissioning reviews and reports without actually implementing the recommendations.

“Fianna Fáil is not willing to let this pattern continue.  I am calling on the Taoiseach to outline in full what progress has been made both in relation to the external review of emails and the establishment of the “independent and change implementation group” that were promised in November 2017.  Further delays are simply not acceptable”.

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