Friday 30 September 2016

Final report into garda whistleblower allegations of misconduct handed into Justice Minister

Published 25/04/2016 | 18:28

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe
Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe

The Commission of Investigation into garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s allegations of misconduct in the force has submitted its final report to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald today.

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The report by Justice Kevin O’Higgins was handed into the Department of Justice shortly after 5pm this evening.

The Commission examined allegations made by Garda Sgt McCabe surrounding the conduct of gardai in the Cavan/Monaghan district.

The complaints ranged from the mishandling of murder, assault and abduction investigations by gardai, along with allegations that files were manipulated and altered by members of the force.

Judge O’Higgins also looked at the handling of Sgt McCabe’s complaints by former Justice Minister Alan Shatter and former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Mr Shatter and Mr Callinan were forced from office in the wake of these allegations and other controversies which engulfed the justice system two years ago.

Mr Shatter has always maintained he acted appropriately throughout the Garda scandals, including his handling of Sgt McCabe’s allegations of malpractice in the Cavan/Monaghan district.

The O’Higgins Commission was established following a recommendation by barrister Sean Guerin who first reviewed Sgt McCabe’s allegations.

Mr Guerin was commission to review Sgt McCabe’s claims by Taoiseach Enda Kenny following political pressure from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and other Opposition TDs.

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