Belfast Telegraph

Report into leaking of Sheehan file

Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has demanded a report into the leaking of a file on a TD who was allegedly prevented from drink-driving away from the Dail.

But Mr Murphy said there would be no further action taken against Fine Gael's PJ Sheehan, who has apologised for his treatment of gardai who stopped him from getting into his car outside Leinster House in July.

The veteran Cork South West TD was forced to resign his post as the party's deputy agriculture spokesman after details of the incident were passed to reporters.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said Mr Sheehan's actions were embarrassing.

But he also questioned the timing of the leak, coming amid continued controversy over Taoiseach Brian Cowen's radio interview last week.

"This should never have happened... these things are always embarrassing," he said.

Mr Kenny insisted he only learned the full facts on Monday about the alleged incident at around 1am on July 8, as TDs were leaving the Dail for the summer break.

A female garda who warned the 77-year-old Mr Sheehan he was not fit to drive was allegedly told she "will get nothing" when Fine Gael came to power, according to the leaked file.

Mr Kenny admitted he had known about the case but insisted he had acted swiftly after learning all the details on Monday.


From Belfast Telegraph