Minister Says Full Inquiry Into Whistleblower Allegations ‘is Likely’

MINISTER SAYS FULL INQUIRY INTO WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGATIONS ‘IS LIKELY’

A Cabinet minister believes it is likely there will be a full Commission of Investigation into garda whistleblower allegations.

A barrister has been appointed by the government to look at the claims and determine whether one is necessary.

The Justice Minister is addressing the Dail about his response to the allegations.

More than five hours of proceedings have been given over to discussing the controversy with Alan Shatter set to take questions from TDs this evening.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney was asked this morning if he felt a full independent inquiry would ultimately have to happen.

“I think there is likely to be but I don’t know is the honest answer” he said.

“I think the Taoiseach is taking this very seriously – we had a long discussion on it yesterday in Cabinet”.

“The government only want out of this, the truth – and they want to rebuild confidence in the gardai which has clearly been damaged as a result of this”.

“If that means a full-blown inquiry, so be it” he added.

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