Decision to send civil servant to Martin Callinan's home was "immediate catalyst" for sudden resignation

The 300-page Fennelly report has been published

Decision to send civil servant to Martin Callinan's home was "immediate catalyst" for sudden resignation

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Sinn Féin says both Enda Kenny and Attorney General Máire Whelan should resign - and that there should be an early recall of the Dáil next week to discuss the Fennelly Commission report.

The report has found that Enda Kenny did not sack the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan - and that the former commissioner himself decided to retire of his own accord.

The interim report from the Fennelly Commission says while the visit of the Secretary General of the Department of Justice sparked the resignation, Mr Callinan could have decided otherwise.

Fianna Fáil says it won't rule out a motion of no confidence in Mr Kenny once it has fully read the report.

The Fianna Fáil leader says the manner in which the Taoiseach presented and attempted to spin the Fennelly report was neither credible nor tenable.

However Micheál Martin is reserving judgement on whether Enda Kenny's position as Taoiseach is tenable until he reads the report fully saying the message to Martin Callinan was that he had no option but to resign:

He is also not ruling out a motion of no confidence in Enda Kenny when the Dáil returns later this month.

Sinn Féin says the Dáil should be recalled next week.

The party's Aengus O'Snodaigh believes Enda Kenny and the Attorney General should resign:

The 300 page document that examined the departure of Martin Callinan in March last year has been published this evening, after being cleared by the Attorney General.

Mr Callinan announced his resignation on the morning of Tuesday March 25th - hours after a visit from the then Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell.

It followed a meeting of the Taoiseach, Attorney General and officials on the Monday night, to discuss the revelations about to be made public of secret taping of phonecalls in Garda stations.

The report says nobody at that meeting was aware of a letter sent by Martin Callinan on March 10th to the Department of Justice alerting of this recording scandal, and is critical that the letter lay in the department for two weeks and was not brought to the attention of the minister.

Enda Kenny says had the letter been known about a visit to Mr Callinan before, the Cabinet meeting would not have been necessary - Mr Callinan did tell the investigation the visit was the immediate catalyst for his retirement.

However Mr Justice Nial Fennelly does accept that Mr Callinan could have decided otherwise on retirement, and accepts that Taoiseach Enda Kenny had no intention of putting pressure on the former commissioner to retire.

In a statement, the Taoiseach said, "I have consistently rejected claims by some in Opposition that I either sacked or sought to sack the former Commissioner. I welcome the report’s clear and unambiguous finding that the question of removing the former Commissioner from his position was not even discussed.

"The Report confirms that the former Commissioner decided to retire, and that he could have decided otherwise. Furthermore, it finds that I had no intention of putting pressure on the former Commissioner to retire," he added.

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter welcomed the publication of the report.

He said, "public servants must fulfil their obligation to fully brief their responsible minister on important information received by them and promptly furnish to him or her significant documentation or correspondence received on serious or urgent issues".