Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said there is an urgent need for the Taoiseach to give a full account of the events leading up to the departure of Garda Commissioner after Labour’s Leadership candidate Minister Alex White accused Mr. Kenny of firing Martin Callinan.
Deputy Martin commented: “It is not tenable for the Taoiseach to continue to avoid giving a full public account of the events leading up to the departure of former Commissioner Martin Callinan. There are explicit rules set down in law about the removal of a sitting Garda Commissioner and the public have a right to know the full details surrounding Commissioner Callinan’s departure. The Taoiseach has repeatedly avoided giving a full account to the Dáil of the night he ordered the secretary-general of the Department of Justice to Mr Callinan’s home, with the commissioner stepping down the next morning, prior to any Cabinet meeting.
“Minister Alex White’s extremely belated concern about the seriousness of these events is welcome but it raises very serious questions for the Government. Minister White is campaigning to succeed Eamon Gilmore as Tánaiste and in a letter to Labour members has said he will not “stand over a position where the Taoiseach looks to fire the Commissioner of the Gardaí without as much as a phone call to the leader of the Labour Party.”
“What does the current Tánaiste make of these comments from Minister White? Eamon Gilmore may be stepping down as Leader of the Labour Party but he still has constitutional obligations in this Government as Tánaiste and the people have a right to know if he agrees that the Taoiseach fired the Garda Commissioner. I am again calling for a full statement from the Taoiseach on the events surrounding the departure of Commissioner Callinan. Enda Kenny’s continued obfuscation is not good enough.”