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Findings of Guerin report to dominate this morning's Cabinet meeting

Meanwhile, Secretary General at the Department of Justice has been invited before an Oireacthas committee to discuss the findings.

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THE FINDINGS OF the Guerin Report are set to dominate this morning’s Cabinet meeting.

The report was commissioned to investigate a number of allegations of serious garda misconduct made by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe, and has now let to a statutory inquiry.

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

His successor, Frances Fitzgerald, is expected to discuss the findings of the Guerin report with her Cabinet colleagues this morning.

The Secretary General at the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, could appear before an Oireacthas committee to discuss the findings of the report.

Last night, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Pádraig MacLochlainn TD called on Purcell to attend.

“It remains to be seen whether the Secretary General will accept the invitation from our Committee but we are hopeful that he will do the right thing and appear before us,” he said.

“As the most senior civil servant in the Justice Department, he needs to answer questions and clear up serious matters raised in the Guerin report.”

Deputy MacLochlainn also called for the report to be debated in the Dáil this week.

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