The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., has today made available on his Department's web site an edited version of the so-called Nally Report. The Report examines the allegations made by Detective Sergeant John White concerning, inter alia, the handling of intelligence information associated with the Omagh bombing in 1998.
The Nally Group found that there was no foundation for the allegations made and that they were a direct consequence of and were motivated solely by concerns arising from the difficulties in which Detective Sergeant White found himself with his superiors in the Garda Síochána and with the criminal law.
The Nally Group was appointed in 2002 by the then Minister to examine the aforementioned allegations, as submitted to the Minister for Foreign Affairs by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. The Nally Group comprised Mr Dermot Nally, former Secretary to the Government; Mr Joseph Brosnan, former Secretary of the Department of Justice; and Mr Eamon Barnes, former Director of Public Prosecutions. It reported in mid 2003.
Arising from a commitment given in Dail Eireann in February 2004, the Tánaiste is making this edited version available in advance of the forthcoming Dail debate on Garda accountability issues on 29-30 November, 2006, which will give consideration to, inter alia, the Nally Report. The edited version has been laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas.
The reason why an edited version is being made available is to remove those elements unrelated to Detective Sergeant White's allegations concerning matters associated, in some fashion, with the Omagh bombing, as well as to remove elements which might jeopardise covert Garda operational procedures and/or national security and to protect the identities of members of the Garda Síochána and civilians who feature only tangentially in the narrative and against whom no allegations were made.
28 November 2006