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Tuesday 17 October 2017

FF calls for review of justice to be published

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is under mounting pressure to publish a damning review of her own Department, which she has had for two weeks.

The controversial review of the Department of Justice is believed to be critical of secretary general Brian Purcell's handling of the Garda scandals.

Ms Fitzgerald, who commissioned the review on taking office in May, received the report in the past two weeks, the Department confirmed.

But the minister had not published the review or even brought it to Cabinet before the Government went on its summer break last week.

Critical

Fianna Fail yesterday called on Ms Fitzgerald to publish the report, which is believed to be critical of her top official, Mr Purcell, who she has yet to express confidence in, and his number two, assistant secretary Michael Flahive.

The party's justice spokesman Niall Collins said there is a strong public interest in immediately publishing the report.

Mr Collins criticised the minister for sitting on it until after the Dail rose for the summer.

"The public very much want to know the facts as to why former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan resigned and what role her department played," he said.

Mr Collins also pointed to the fact that she has not yet expressed confidence in Mr Purcell.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys defended Ms Fitzgerald's decision to take time to consider the full significance of the report.

"This report is part of an overall review of the justice system. She is expected publish it shortly after giving it due consideration," she said.

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