Saturday December 14, 2019

Fennelly: Claims counter claims and confusion

The commission has exposed a damning account of government malfunction and official obfuscation

6th September, 2015
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Martin Callinan resigned as Garda Commissioner in March 2014 Picture: Photocall

It was, he said, one of the worst days of his career. Brian Purcell, the secretary general of the Department of Justice and a career civil servant who had once been shot by the gangland criminal Martin Cahill, arrived at the front door of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan at 11pm on March 24, 2014. The hour was late, but Purcell had been tasked with an important mission by an important man.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, he told Callinan,...

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