Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny should make himself available to the Oireachtas Justice Committee to answer questions about the exact circumstances of the removal of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. 

Deputy Martin’s call follows another day of confusion around who the Taoiseach met before officials were dispatched to speak to the Commissioner, with claims and counter claims about whether the Justice Minister was present at early morning meetings. 

The Fianna Fáil Leader commented, “The Taoiseach has worked very hard to confuse and obscure the lead up to the departure of the Garda Commissioner. In the first instance he simply refused to answer questions, claiming that the Commissioner had in fact decided simply to retire. He then bundled the issue into a much more wide-ranging review of the issue of telephone recording at Garda stations and the murder of Sophie Tuscan du Plantier. Now, with the Secretary General of the Department due before a committee, he is relying on spurious claims of prejudice to support the efforts of the Secretary General to avoid questions on the issue. 

“Even after the departure of a Justice Minister and removal of a Garda Commissioner, the Taoiseach appears unable to grasp the seriousness of this situation. The manner in which it has been handled at the highest levels of Government raises serious questions about the administration of justice in this country. 

“In my view the Taoiseach should take the opportunity of the upcoming hearings to finally bring clarity on the issue to the Irish people. He should lift the gagging order on Brian Purcell and offer his own testimony to the committee to lift the completely intolerable veil of silence surrounding this affair.”