Enda Kenny confirms review, not inquiry, into GSOC bugging claims

The Government has announced an independent inquiry into the claims of bugging at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

A retired judge will examine the issues.

Meanwhile the Justice Committee is to look at the powers of GSOC and if new legislation is needed.

Both sides of the coalition were unhappy at the daily revelations and called for a line to be drawn under the situation.

The Cabinet agreed this morning to ask a retired High Court Judge to conduct a review and to bring clarity to the revelations of recent weeks.

The exact terms of reference have still to be decided, but the Government said these will ensure credibility and trust are restored to all involved.

Separately, the Justice Committee will be asked to look at the legislation around GSOC to see whether it can or should be enhanced.

Update at 4.20pm: This article has been amended to reflect a statement by the Taoiseach that a review, and not an inquiry, will be carried out into the bugging claims.

The review will not be set up under 2004 inquiries legislation. The Justice Minister will draw up the terms of reference in consultation with the Attorney General.

Enda Kenny admitted the inquiry would be limited in its scope, but said it was still an opportunity for a judge of the High Court to presenta "completely objective and independent report to the Minister for Justice".

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