Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fitzgerald's paralysis over McCabe row puts her credibility on the line

Published 24/05/2016 | 02:30

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the Annual Garda Memorial Day, for members of An Garda Síochána killed in the line of duty, at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photo: Mark Condren
Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the Annual Garda Memorial Day, for members of An Garda Síochána killed in the line of duty, at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photo: Mark Condren

It is now more than a week since Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan issued a clarifying statement on her attitude to whistleblower Sergeant McCabe that, in actual fact, clarified nothing.

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Having insisted she "does not - and have never - regarded Sgt McCabe as malicious", she pointedly failed to explain why her barrister was seemingly instructed to impugn his motivation and credibility at the commission of inquiry.

According to transcripts leaked from the inquiry, it was the Garda Commissioner who gave those instructions.

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