Jim Cusack: Arrest of garda press officer has freezing effect on flow of information from the force
Despite the Government position that Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan will not be asked to step aside for the duration of the Judge Charleton inquiry, it is almost certain she will have to come under investigation, sources said last night.
Commissioner O'Sullivan has stated that she had no part in any campaign to discredit the so-called garda whistleblowers. But she has held positions since 2007 that must come under scrutiny of any inquiry into the role of management over the whole affair.
She was appointed assistant commissioner in charge of Human Resources in 2007 and then as head of Crime and Security in January 2009. She was appointed Deputy Commissioner in 2011 and then commissioner in November 2014. She was at the top and centre of Garda management throughout the Maurice McCabe affair.