Taoiseach: Garda taping may affect tribunals too

The Taoiseach has revealed that tribunals as well as court cases could be affected by the revelations that phone calls in Garda stations were secretly taped.

Enda Kenny said he was concerned at the implications of the revelation, which was publicly announced yesterday in the Dáil, and that was why the Coalition set up a Commission of Investigation.

"I don't know the scale of the actual contents of what are on all those tapes, but we're concerned about it," he said.

"It's a serious issue, where in some cases court cases have been dealt with. Other (cases), reaching up as far as Tribunals, may have implications for some of the (tribunals') findings."

The extent of the taping will not be known until tapes are transcribed. At that stage, it will be known how many hours of recordings have been stored digitally since 2008.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said: "There is the impact on court cases, and the possible impact on convictions that have already been sceured.

"The first thing we need to do is to establish the full facts (through) the Commission of Investigation."

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