Sunday 23 July 2017

International spotlight falls on garda whistleblower controversy and Kenny

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The garda whistleblower scandal has attracted international attention and has been described by the New York Times as "one of the worst political crises" of Enda Kenny's career.

The influential publication is carrying a story on its website which compares the case of high-profile whistleblower Maurice McCabe to the case of NYPD detective Frank Serpico who brought to light corruption in the city's force in the 1970s.

The controversy "has raised unsettling questions in Ireland about the country’s culture of policing and about the possible collusion of other agencies, including the child protection agency" the newspaper writes.

It is noted in the report, entitled "Ireland’s Prime Minister in Crisis Over Case of Police Whistle-blower", that Mr Kenny is expected to survive tonight's vote of no confidence tabled by Sinn Féin but noted:

"Observers say the prime minister has been wounded by the scandal, and may not survive long after he returns from a trip to Washington to meet President Trump for St. Patrick’s Day".

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