Well, it’s safe to say Denis Desmond and Martin Callinan won’t be sending each other Christmas cards this year.
It was clear after Justice Minister Alan Shatter decided to publish a letter from the Garda Commissioner, accompanying a Garda report into the Swedish House Mafia gig at Phoenix Park, that MCD, Denis Desmond in particular, were hopping mad.
Now, Mr Callinan may have thought his covering letter would not be published and it’s not clear if the minister asked/informed him beforehand about doing so. But the contents of that letter http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/20120712-PhoenixParkLetter.pdf/Files/20120712-PhoenixParkLetter.pdf were so critical of MCD they had to respond. They did, but held most of their fire until their own report was completed yesterday – http://www.mcd.ie/phoenixpark2012/phoenixpark_reviewdocument.pdf
The report pulls no punches and makes serious claims and allegations against the Gardai and the commissioner. See today’s story in the Irish Examiner http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/mcd-blames-gardai-for-concert-chaos-206765.html
The MCD report was published, maybe not coincidentally, yesterday afternoon following a meeting of the Dublin City Council central area joint policing committee which I was at (no other media there for some reason). MCD, Gardai, the OPW and Dublin City Council had all been invited to answer questions about the Swedish House Mafia gig. All seemed to be going fairly well for MCD, including tepid comments from some politicians, until a number of deputies, including Joe Costello and Maureen O’Sullivan, and local councillor Cieran Perry, started laying into them and the Gardai.
The Garda Press Office last night issued a statement in response to the MCD report basically saying they were standing by the commissioner’s letter. But the Gardai did issue a statement after the Marlay Park gig (31 August) in which they made this statement about the Swedish House Mafia concert and MCD: “Despite the considerable efforts of An Garda Siochana and MCD Productions who undertook an extensive security operation at the Swedish House Mafia event at Phoenix Park, this very small percentage of 0.5% of individuals intent on causing trouble did engage in anti-social behaviour.” This praise for MCD is at odds with the commissioner’s letter.
The MCD report contains copies of legal correspondence from their solicitors, Arthur Cox, to the Garda Commissioner with threatens “immediate steps” (not specified) to protect MCD’s interests if the commissioner continued to refuse to supply a copy of the Garda report to them.
Looks like this story will have more twists yet…