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Saturday 19 April 2014

Taoiseach says whistleblower allegations found to be “groundless”

Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe
Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says 11 of the 12 allegations of Garda mismanagement of cases made by a whistleblower were found to be “groundless”.

The Government has ordered a review by a barrister of the claims made by Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. 

Mr Kenny said the cases were already examined by the Garda Siochana and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The Taoiseach also said the barrister carrying out a review of allegations of garda mismanagement of cases will have power to recommend a Commission of Investigation.

Mr Kenny also said proposals for the overhaul of a Garda complaints system will be conducted by the Summer.

The Taoiseach said Sean Guerin SC, a criminal lawyer, will carry out the scoping exercise into the allegations made by garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

Mr Kenny said Mr Guerin was a competent person with criminal law experience.

He said the barrister will look at the “investigative methods and the processes followed”.

Mr Guerin will have the power to recommend a full inquiry under the Commission of Investigation Act, 2005.

The whistleblower affair will be the subject of a day long debate on tomorrow, including a questions and answers session with Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Meanwhile, in a statement this evening, Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, Martin Callinan said gardai would co-operate fully with the review.

"Following the announcement today by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD of the Cabinet's decision to appoint a senior counsel to conduct an assessment of various issues and allegations complained of, An Garda Síochána looks forward to fully co-operating with the senior counsel,” he said.

By Fionnan Sheahan

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