Whistleblower Maurice McCabe to be interviewed by inquiry barrister
WHILSTLEBLOWER Maurice McCabe will be interviewed by the barrister appointed by the Government to examine his allegations of garda malpractice.
The announcement was made as the Coalition revealed the terms of reference for senior counsel Sean Guerin’s independent inquiry into the garda sergeant’s claims.
He is due to report back to Government in the last week of April.
The investigation was sparked by a dossier of allegations of garda misconduct forward to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on behalf of Sgt McCabe.
The cases involved are believed to include serious assaults, kidnapping and the murder of Limerick woman Sylvia Roche Kelly.
The independent review will conduct a “thorough examination” of the actions taken by gardai in Cavan who investigated the crimes.
Mr Guerin will review Sgt McCabe’s dossier and other correspondences he sent to the Taoiseach and former confidential recipient Oliver Connolly.
Sgt McCabe will be interviewed along with “any other such person as may be considered necessary and capable of providing relevant and material assistance”, according to the terms.
Sgt McCabe and anyone else involved in the affair will also be invited to handover over any other documentation they believe to be relevant to the review.
Garda records and Department of Justice files will also be open to examination as part of the process.
Mr Guerin will communicate with An Garda Siochana and any other “relevant entity or public body” to establish what steps were taken by them to investigate and resolve the allegations.
He will also review the adequacy of any investigation or inquiry instigated by gardai or other agencies into the incidents detailed in Sgt McCabe’s dossier.
The barrister will then consider if his inquiries lead him to the conclusion that there is “sufficient basis for concern” arising from the actions taken by gardai or any other body while investigating the crimes.
He will then advise the Government on what further measures, if any, need to be taken.
This may include the establishment of a Commission of Investigation.