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Mick Wallace claims a Fine Gael TD's court summonses are being 'kept on the shelf'

The independent TD made the comments in the Dáil yesterday.

Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace
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MICK WALLACE HAS claimed that a Fine Gael TD has three fixed charges against him which have been “kept on the shelf”.

The independent TD, who has frequently raised allegations of garda malpractice, made the claims in the Dáil yesterday afternoon in the course of an attack on the government’s lack of policing reform.

Wallace claimed that little had changed since the departure of Martin Callinan over a year ago and his replacement as Garda Commissioner by Noirin O’Sullivan. He said that new garda whistleblowers are being harassed.

He asked the Taoiseach why the promotion of a superintendent to a chief superintendent had been approved by the government despite Enda Kenny being made aware of claims the officer was involved in malpractice.

The Wexford deputy told Kenny during Leaders’ Questions: “I have details here of one of your Fine Gael backbenchers who has three fixed charges against him.

But you know what? They weren’t terminated though. No, they were kept on the shelf and the summons weren’t served.

He added: “Will you not admit, Taoiseach, that bugger all has changed, that you have no appetite for change, you like the fact that policing is still politicised in Ireland.”

Kenny rejected claims that whistleblowers are being harassed and claimed that he had asked Wallace for a note on these matters the last time he raised it in the Dáil.

“I asked the deputy for a note in respect of what he raised, but he chose not to respond. I would appreciate it if he would do so later,” Kenny told the Dáil.

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