Re: Guerin Report released
I love this paragraph: [Introduction Chp. 1.7)
No doubt whatever GSOC has in the way of "voluminous" documentation they are going to keep it secret, keep it safe .... until a more opportune time!
Unfortunately, I have received no documentation from the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission, On 13 March 2014 Mr Simon O’Brien of GSOC wrote to me to indicate that the process of marshalling the relevant material was under way as a priority. On 26 March 2014, I wrote to a reminder to GSOC and referred to the very limited period of time available to complete this review. On 2 April 2014, GSOC wrote to say that the relevant material had been identified and, subject to approval by GSOC, would be forwarded in due course. The tight timescale for the review was acknowledged. A further reminder of the request for documents, and of the very limited time available to review them, was sent to GSOC on 10 April 2014. At 4.48 p.m. on 23 April 2014 I received a letter from Arthur Cox Solicitors on behalf of GSOC raising various preliminary legal and practical issues which might usefully have been raised at an earlier stage. Although the letter expressed an eagerness to co-operate and stated that GSOC had “voluminous” relevant documents, I have not seen any of those documents. I do not understand why the obstacles to my seeing them were first identified to me in correspondence delivered shortly before close of business on the eve of the date upon which my report was due. Even if GSOC’s concerns could have been immediately overcome, there was of course no practical reality to “voluminous” documentation being reviewed at that late stage.
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