Garda misconduct claims to be examined by barrister

A Senior Counsel is to be appointed to examine the claims of Garda misconduct given to the Taoiseach last week.

The decision was made at the Cabinet meeting this morning .

Sergeant Maurice McCabe gave the dossier to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who passed it to Enda Kenny.

It contained claims of Gardaí failing to properly investigate serious crimes, including a murder.

Ministers decided to appoint the barrister after getting a report on the claims, and hearing from the Minister for Justice on the Department's responses to Sergeant McCabe.

In a statement this afternoon, Fianna Fáil expressed "incredulity" at the response of the coalition, saying the Cabinet should have decided to hold a proper independent inquiry.

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