Monday 23 October 2017

Drawing a thin blue line under ‘corruption’

There needs to be an independent inquiry by an outsider into garda whistleblowers’ claims, writes Colum Kenny

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan (front), with, from left, Deputy Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and Assistant Commisioners John Twomey and John O'Mahony
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan (front), with, from left, Deputy Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and Assistant Commisioners John Twomey and John O'Mahony

‘Disgusting’ is a strong word. But Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan did not hesitate to use it, and to stand over its use, when referring to the manner in which two gardai have acted as what he described as “so-called whistleblowers”.

In voicing such criticism publicly he may have left the Public Accounts Committee little option but to do exactly what he wants it not to do, namely to hear evidence in public from the whistleblowers in response. They are concerned about their reputations.

Had Commissioner Callinan chosen only to answer questions about garda procedures and efficiency then his argument about the danger of allowing people to make serious allegations to the committee about members of the force, even unnamed members, would be stronger.

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