Today’s revelation that the state’s most senior civil servant was asked to clarify evidence about the events leading to the effective removal of the Garda Commissioner makes it completely unacceptable that the Taoiseach continues to refuse to explain his behaviour to the public.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins commented: “The end of Martin Callinan’s career involved an unprecedented crisis for An Garda Síochána. From the start the Taoiseach has refused to explain his role in the affair and has hidden behind a process which is being conducted entirely in private. In his recent much-hyped television interview he repeatedly refused to say anything on the topic.

“Today it has been revealed that the Secretary General in the Taoiseach’s own department is one of those recalled to clarify conflicting evidence. It proves conclusively that the Taoiseach’s role was central in the effective dismissal of the head of our police force.

“It is completely unacceptable that the Taoiseach continues to refuse to tell the public anything. This matter is not sub-judice and he can discuss it without prejudicing anything. If he refuses to speak the suspicion will be confirmed that he is still trying to find a line of defence for his actions.

“It is a matter of great concern that the draft report will be in the Taoiseach’s hands for one month before it will be published. Given his record it is reasonable to expect that this time will be used to find ways to spin the facts and deflect accountability.”