Thursday 27 October 2016

Justice Minister asks GSOC to probe McCabe meeting

Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Tom Burke
Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Tom Burke

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is to ask GSOC to probe two conflicting accounts of a meeting held between two gardaí and the whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

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The meeting took place in Mullingar in 2008.

Independent TD Mick Wallace last night named the gardaí in the Dáil as Superintendent Noel Cunningham and Sergeant Yvonne Martin.

Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin said it was wrong to use Dáil privilege to name people in the circumstances.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan said she had asked the Justice Minister to seek a probe "in order to resolve any public disquiet, misplaced or otherwise, which may arise, and in the interest of fairness to all involved".

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald also revealed that she is to ask the Policing Authority to review the way that garda whistleblowers are dealt with and to find better ways of testing the veracity of their allegations.


She said: "The commissioner has asked me to use the legal powers available to me to ask the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission to investigate matters alleged to have occurred in relation to a meeting in Mullingar involving certain officers. I intend to do this and I am consulting with the Attorney General about the precise nature of such a referral."

Irish Independent

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