Saturday 23 September 2017

Tribunal judge may intervene in row over Garda legal team

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. Picture: Damien Eagers
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. Picture: Damien Eagers
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The Disclosures Tribunal may intervene over concerns raised about Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, former commissioner Martin Callinan and a number of other senior officers having the same legal representation.

Lawyers for whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe fear the arrangement could limit the ability of some officers to give evidence independently.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton said it may prove necessary for the tribunal to consider whether it could or has the power to intervene on the issue.

The judge made the comments as he granted legal representation to the two commissioners, Sgt McCabe, RTÉ, former justice minister Alan Shatter, Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness, Tusla, Superintendent David Taylor and three other gardaí.

Garda Keith Harrison was only granted representation in relation to a module about his own complaint as his legal team had requested.

Irish Independent

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