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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