Alan Kelly: Have the Garda and Justice disclosed everything to Charleton?

Boxes of new evidence have been given to the tribunal, but only after persistent questions in the Oireachtas

Mr. Justice Peter Charleton, at the Tribunal of Inquiry into protected disclosures made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and certain other matters, at Dublin Castle.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Mr. Justice Peter Charleton, at the Tribunal of Inquiry into protected disclosures made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and certain other matters, at Dublin Castle.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hearing from the Charleton tribunal on Monday this week that dozens of boxes of new evidence had been made available by the Department of Justice and the Garda made me once again re-read Judge Charleton’s opening statement to the tribunal.

During his opening statement on February 27th last year he said that “the tribunal is here to establish the truth”. He continued: “Every lie told before this tribunal will be a waste of what ordinary men and women have paid for through their unremitting efforts. Every action of obfuscation, of diversion of focus, and of non-co-operation is unwelcome for that reason.”

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