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Thursday 28 August 2014

Whistleblower 'happy' after talk with Garda chief

Philip Ryan

Published 30/05/2014 | 02:30

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Sgt Maurice McCabe
Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan

GARDA Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan had a "constructive conversation" with garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe after her controversial appearance at an Oireachtas Justice Committee.

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Sgt McCabe was forced to take stress leave from work on Monday after lodging 13 bullying and harassment complaints about his treatment in Mullingar garda station in the last month.

However, Ms O'Sullivan told a committee hearing that her officials had almost daily contact with Sgt McCabe following the findings of the controversial Guerin Report, which looked into the handling of complaints from garda whistleblower Sgt McCabe and prompted the resignation of former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Her version of events was challenged by committee member Finian McGrath, who said he received information indicating that Sgt McCabe was not in regular communication with her staff.

After the hearing, Sgt McCabe's fellow whistleblower – retired garda John Wilson – approached Ms O'Sullivan and asked her to contact the Mullingar-based garda. It is understood Sgt McCabe also called Ms O'Sullivan's office after her appearance at the committee hearing.

Gardai confirmed that the commissioner has been in contact with Sgt McCabe and has assured him of the support of Garda management and that any matters raised by him will be fully addressed.

Constructive

On Wednesday evening, around 7pm, Sgt McCabe received a call from Ms O'Sullivan and the pair spoke for 15 minutes, according to well-placed sources.

Friends of Sgt McCabe said the conversation was very "constructive" and he was "happy with the outcome.

"Sgt McCabe would like to get the message out that he was very happy with the conversation and what Ms O'Sullivan proposes to do," a source said.

Irish Independent

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