The question remains after hours of debate, statements in the Dail, intervention by the Garda Commissioner and public debate was the office of the Garda Ombudsman bugged? Last night on Prime Time GSOC Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald said “the possibilities of their being a benign explanation (for some anomalies being found during the sweep of its offices ) as being remote to zero”. Earlier Minister Alan Shatter gave the Dail an alternative explanation to the Dail. He said the Ombudsman’s office had concluded that “no definitive evidence of unauthorised technical or electronic surveillance was found”. Joining Sean was John Mooney, Security ...
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter outlined his reasons for referring the penalty points issue to the Garda Ombudsman Commission on Morning Ireland this morning. Retired Garda John Wilson, who first brought the issue of termination of penalty points to light, told Sean O’Rourke what he thought of Mr.Shatter’s decision to refer the matter to the Garda Ombudsman. Also joined on the programme by Security Correspondent of the Sunday Times, John Mooney.
The Dail Public Accounts Committee has been busy in recent weeks and this morning the fine tooth comb is out again probing allegations that penalty points were improperly cancelled by senior Garda officers. The PAC is armed with information and boxes of files from two Garda whistleblowers , who claim that penalty points are routinely cancelled. Joining Sean was John Mooney, Crime Correspondent of the Sunday Times.
Questions are being raised as to the level of impact the resignation of deputy state pathologist Khalid Jaber will have on future murder trials here. Mr Jaber, who resigned from his position on Saturday, has criticised the way the state pathologist’s office is run calling it a “private enclave” within the Department of Justice . Sean was joined by John Mooney of the Sunday Times. Photo: Irish Independent
Claire is joined by Darragh Calleary TD, Pascal O Donohoe TD, Prof Gary Murphy UCD and Harry Mc Gee journalist with The Irish TImes to discuss what could be setting the political agenda in 2012. John Mooney Sunday Times and Brian Rowan Journalist also join Claire to discuss the latest unrest in Northern Ireland
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