McDowell critic asks minister for prisons job

Prisons inspector Dermot Kinlen, who once described Minister for Justice Michael McDowell as a ‘‘fascist’’, has written to the Tanaiste asking to be considered for the new position of statutory inspector.

17th March, 2007

Prisons inspector Dermot Kinlen, who once described Minister for Justice Michael McDowell as a ‘‘fascist’’, has written to the Tanaiste asking to be considered for the new position of statutory inspector.

Kinlen said he would be ‘‘delighted’’ to continue in the work that he has done for the past five years. The former High Court judge has a record of making scathing comments about McDowell’s handling of the prison system....

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