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Callinan "made right decision to resign" - TD 25.03.14

SINN Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig MacLochlainn has said that Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has made the right decision to resign this morning.
“From the moment that the allegations from the two Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson emerged about widespread malpractice of the penalty points issue the Garda Commissioner sought to downplay and even dismiss the allegations," he said.
“Worse, he repeatedly sought to discredit the credibility of the two whistleblowers which culminated in the outrageous ‘disgusting’ comment at the Public Accounts Committee.
"What all of these episodes in recent years have clearly demonstrated is a need for an Independent Policing Authority, accountable to an Independent Policing Board, similar to what is in place in the north of Ireland and increased powers given to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. My party’s focus will be on these urgent and necessary changes moving forward."
Mr Callinan tendered his resignation to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter this morning.
Martin Callinan.
It is understood the Government has been shocked by the news.
It is understood Mr Callinan cited family and personal reasons in his letter, based on the increased pressure he has been put under by the deepening rift in Government over his use of the word “disgusting” to describe the Garda whistleblowers when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee.
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