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Martin Callinan wrote to the Department of Justice this month about the recording of telephone conversations made and retained in garda stations Ian Bailey and his partner Jules Thomas are suing the State Gardaí were investigating the murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantie
Phone calls between members of the gardaí and Marie Farrell, a key witness in the investigation into the murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier, were recorded, RTÉ News has learned.
Former garda commissioner Martin Callinan wrote to the Department of Justice on 10 March last about the recording of telephone conversations made and retained in garda stations.
He said in that letter that further material had come to light, which related to tapes of telephone conversations between members of the gardaí and Ms Farrell.
A key witness in the investigation into the murder of Ms du Plantier, Ms Farrell first identified Ian Bailey as a suspect but later changed her evidence.
Mr Bailey and his partner, Jules Thomas, are now suing the State. The former commissioner’s letter says this material came to light during discovery.
Mr Callinan asks in his letter that the Minister for Justice be informed of three earlier recordings between Ms Farrell and members of the gardaí.
The minister said he did not see that letter until more than two weeks later.
Mr Callinan’s letter also says the Attorney General’s office had been informed four months previously and that transcripts had been forwarded to the Attorney General’s office and the Department of Justice.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this week he only heard about the issue last Sunday.
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