ICCL comment on recent statement by Mr Oliver J. Connolly, former Garda Confidential Recipient

  • 04-03-2014
  • Categorized in: Justice

Press Statement from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties
4 March 2014, 15:30

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has this afternoon (4 March 2014) issued the following statement:

“The ICCL is somewhat bemused by the suggestion from the former Confidential Recipient Oliver Connolly that the law “prevents” his commentary on “any confidential report or discussions” held while he occupied his former role.

The An Garda Síochána (Confidential Reporting of Corruption or Malpractice) Regulations 2007 (SI 168 of 2007) to which Mr Connolly refers contain protections for the identity of a whistleblower. However, the Regulations do not address the situation of a whistleblower such as Sergeant Maurice McCabe who has voluntarily disclosed his identity and chosen to waive the confidentiality of an alleged conversation with Oliver Connolly.

Moreover, it is hard to understand how the law could “prevent” Mr Connolly from repudiating statements attributed to him in Sergeant McCabe’s transcript if those statements were not made. Legally and logically, a statement that was not made could not possibly be covered either by the 2007 Regulations or the Official Secrets Act 1963 (as amended).”

ENDS.

For further information:

Walter Jayawardene
Communications Manager
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
9-13 Blackhall Place
Dublin 7
Ireland

Tel. + 353 1 799 4503
Mob: +353 87 9981574   
Fax. + 353 1 799 4512
 
E-mail  walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie

 


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