Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has attacked the Taoiseach for the continued failure to answer straight questions regarding the resignation of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan a year on from his departure.
“Today marks one year since the controversial departure of Martin Callinan and we still are none the wiser about what happened. Indeed, right up to today, the Taoiseach and his handlers continue to bluff their way in response to what should be simple questions about the affair” said Deputy Collins.
“The latest claim that it would be an ‘offence’ for the Taoiseach to confirm whether or not he was recalled by Fennelly does not stack up. It is nothing more than yet another attempt by Enda Kenny to avoid coming clean about his role in what happened and kick any accountability further down the road.
“Instead of giving a straight answer, the Government makes up legislative requirements and accuses Fianna Fáil of ‘politicising’ the Fennelly Commission. Nothing could be further from the truth – it is the Government and the Government alone that politicised the Commission by including the departure of Martin Callinan in Mr Justice Fennelly’s terms of reference. The Taoiseach never needed a Commission to tell the truth.
“What is completely inexplicable about the current Government strategy is the position of the Labour Party. Their former leader was humiliated by being kept in the dark at the time and the current Communications Minister Alex White was demanding a full explanation when he was campaigning to replace him. Yet again, they have simply rolled over and now just repeat dishonest talking points.
“The Government wants Fianna Fáil to accept the possibility that we may not hear the truth of the affair until after the next general election. And we are expected to stand by as the Government misleads the public by falsely claiming that the Taoiseach cannot tell us if he was recalled by Fennelly. It is not going to happen.
“The public has a right to know the full details of the events surrounding Martin Callinan’s departure and should be entitled to a straight answer to the question of whether the Taoiseach was one of those recalled by the Commission. We in Fianna Fáil will continue to ask these awkward questions until we get answers.