The Taoiseach will face two motions of no confidence over the findings of the Fennelly Commission.
Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin say the Taoiseach’s position is no longer tenable – after it emerged Enda Kenny refused an offer from Martin Callinan to step down as Garda Commissioner within three months. The report says Mr Callinan was not sacked – but says his departure was triggered by a visit from a civil servant, acting on the Taoiseach’s orders. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams says Enda Kenny should resign and call a General Election. And Fianna Fáil’s Micheal Martin says the Taoiseach needs to take responsibility for his actions:
Meanwhile, a Kerry Fine Gael TD agrees that the Fennelly report puts Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the clear.
Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan says it was never the Taoiseach’s intention to force the former Garda Commissioner to step down. Minister Deenihan says the report is clear that Martin Callinan made his own mind up about retiring as Garda Commissioner. And the minister stood by a decision not to have minutes taken at a four hour meeting on March 24th in the Taoiseach’s office described in the report as a central event in this matter: