Sunday 23 July 2017

Whistleblower Maurice McCabe 'told his phone was tapped' by Garda HQ

An inquiry's primary focus is an allegation that Sgt Maurice McCabe was the subject of a smear campaign
An inquiry's primary focus is an allegation that Sgt Maurice McCabe was the subject of a smear campaign
Whistleblower Maurice McCabe Photo: Tom Burke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Sergeant Maurice McCabe was told there "was no doubt" his phone was tapped by Garda Headquarters, according to a sensational protected disclosure that the whistleblower made to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

Sgt McCabe said he was told by Superintendent David Taylor, the former head of the Garda press office, that it was likely his phone was being secretly listened to by senior gardai.

The whistleblower also said Supt Taylor told him there were a "number of intelligence files" on him at Garda headquarters and he should look for them under disclosure.

"There is one file with Crime and Security and another file on a special computer at Garda HQ," Sgt McCabe said.

"Supt Taylor also stated that there was no doubt that my phone had [been] tapped but he was not aware of the present position." Sgt McCabe made the protected disclosure after he met Supt Taylor last September and in the report the whistleblower said the former press chief would "stand by" the information.

The letter to Fitzgerald dated September 26, 2016 will be reviewed as evidence in a soon to be established public inquiry. In the protected disclosure, which has been seen by the Sunday Independent, Sgt McCabe says Supt Taylor told him he sent "hundreds of text messages" about him to other senior officers and members of the media.

Supt Taylor also sent a disclosure to the Justice Minister and it is understood in the letter he said he sent a "huge number" of text messages about Sgt McCabe.

A Garda spokesman said they do not comment on protected disclosures.

Sunday Independent

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