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Taoiseach: We'll be making a formal decision on Guerin today

New Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is expected to bring a memo on the issue to Cabinet.

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Updated at 9.23am

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said a formal decision will be made regarding the findings of the Guerin Report at Cabinet this morning.

“What you will find today, as the Minister has pointed out, is a formal decision to have a Commission of Investigation,” Kenny told reporters on his way into the meeting.

The full terms of reference are not expected to be finalised today.

“It depends on the way Government want to look at this in terms of its structure and range and how it might go about providing terms of reference that would be appropriate for this particular investigation and what else we might have to do,” Kenny said.

New Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is expected to bring a memo to Cabinet today on the issue.

The report, carried out by barrister Sean Guerin, was commissioned to investigate a number of allegations of serious garda misconduct made by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter resigned last week on foot of the findings, saying it was “his duty” to step down.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said he felt “echoes of the Morris Tribunal and the Morris reports” when he read the Guerin findings.

“The reaction of the new Minister for Justice, saying that we need to have root-and-branch change is something that I expect to be presented to the Cabinet today,” Howlin said.

We all have to have full confidence in our policing in this country, we all depend upon it and we give significant powers to An Garda Síochána and we want to make sure it’s exercised in a fair and reasonable way.

The Government has already agreed to set up a full Commission of Investigation — but the formal decision will be signed-off on today.

First posted at 9.11am.

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