Friday 19 December 2014

Sgt McCabe invited to detail his allegations

Published 30/03/2014 | 02:30

Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe. Picture: Tom Burke
Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe. Picture: Tom Burke

GARDA whistleblower Maurice McCabe has finally been contacted by the barrister tasked with investigating his allegations of malpractice in the force.

The garda sergeant and his legal team are preparing a detailed file for senior counsel Sean Guerin, who is carrying out an independent review of his claims.

It is expected that the midlands-based officer will meet Mr Guerin in the coming weeks.

The barrister was appointed by the Government to conduct an independent inquiry into serious allegations of garda misconduct.

Mr Guerin was initially asked to review 12 cases which Sgt McCabe claims were not properly investigated.

The murder of mother-of-two Sylvia Roche Kelly by Jerry McGrath while he was released on bail is among the incidents to be reviewed.

The file also details how Sgt McCabe's colleagues tried to scapegoat him for releasing the 31-year-old woman's killer.

When Mr Guerin meets with Sgt McCabe, it is expected that he will be given additional examples of cases which allegedly were not properly investigated.

The independent inquiry was announced after Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin forwarded to Taoiseach Enda Kenny a copy of the garda sergeant's allegations.

Sgt McCabe previously raised concerns around policing with former garda confidential recipient Oliver Connolly, who in turn gave them to Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Mr Shatter forwarded the allegations to former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, who decided there was no case to answer.

Separately, Mr Shatter was this week forced to apologise to Sgt McCabe and former garda John Wilson for suggesting they did not co-operate with an internal garda investigation into quashed penalty points.

Mr Wilson who is recovering from serious surgery, told the Sunday Independent: "I was glad he finally corrected the record of the Dail, but my principal concern now is to get better."

Sgt McCabe, who has bullying and harassment lodged against the State, is also understood to have welcomed the minister's apology.

Sunday Independent

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