Tuesday 6 December 2016

Reading the transcripts from O'Higgins would break law - Tánaiste

Published 16/11/2016 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Damian Eagers
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: Damian Eagers

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has not read transcripts from the O'Higgins Commission of Inquiry - which allegedly show the Garda Commissioner claimed whistleblower Maurice McCabe was motivated by malice.

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Independents 4 Change TD Mick Wallace accused the minister of failing to hold Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan to account.

But the Justice Minister said that to access the transcript would be breaking the law.

It has been reported that the inquiry was told by senior counsel for Ms O'Sullivan that evidence would be produced to show that Sergeant McCabe had told two other officers that he was making his complaints because of bad blood with a senior officer.

However, a tape of the meeting between Mr McCabe and officers proved otherwise.

In the Dáil yesterday, Mr Wallace stated: "In the O'Higgins report the Garda Commissioner, Nóirín O'Sullivan, questioned the motivation, credibility and integrity of Maurice McCabe.

"Has the minister read the transcript of the O'Higgins report?

"How can she justify leaving the Commissioner in place given that serious questions remain unanswered?"

However, the minister said it would be "unthinkable" that any minister would be able to freely examine details of commission proceedings heard in private.

"To do so would be to set at nought the confidentiality surrounding the commission's proceedings," she said.

Irish Independent

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