TAOISEACH INSISTS GSOC INVESTIGATION IS A REVIEW NOT AN INQUIRY
The Taoiseach has confirmed a review and not an inquiry will be carried out into claims of bugging at the Garda Ombudsman and will report back inside eight weeks.
The coalition has announced a retired High Court judge will be appointed to look into “all matters of relevance” concerning the controversy at GSOC.
But it will not be set up under 2004 inquiries legislation and the Justice Minister will draw up the terms of reference in consultation with the Attorney General.
Enda Kenny has admitted the inquiry will be limited in its scope.
“This is not an inquiry for calling witnesses, the judge of course will have at his disposal the opportunity to have expertise available in respect of very complex technical equipment” he said.
“It’s not an inquiry under the 2004 Act; it is the opportunity for a judge of the High Court to review all of these papers and present a completely objective and independent report to the Minister for Justice” he added.