Callinan claims GSOC statement causes ‘grave concern’

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has reacted angrily over suggestions that the force had been suspected of bugging the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.

The chief of police demanded the watchdog answer a series of questions over the controversy.

“It is a cause of grave concern that the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission’s statement contains a clear indication that An Garda Siochana was in some way suspected of complicity in this matter despite GSOC’s overall finding that the existence of technical and electronic anomalies could not be conclusively explained,” Mr Callinan said.

The Commissioner said he wanted GSOC to clarify four things – the nature and extent of the anomalies identified and whether criminality is suspected.

Mr Callinan also called for an explanation on the basis for the suspicion of Garda misconduct and he also asked whether any matters identified need to be investigated by the Garda.

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