Tuesday 27 June 2017

Government must postpone public tribunal until after new law to slash legal fees

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said in 2015 that the Tribunals Bill was awaiting report stage. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said in 2015 that the Tribunals Bill was awaiting report stage. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

In rushing headlong into setting up a tribunal of inquiry into the Maurice McCabe scandal using outdated legislation, the Government is acting in its own interest and not the public interest.

For the past decade, Sgt Maurice McCabe and his family have suffered, in his own words, "great suffering, private nightmare, public defamation and State vilification".

With allegations that a smear campaign reached all the way to the top echelons of An Garda Síochána, and may also have involved child protection agency Tusla, a tribunal is essential in order to restore public trust in these important State institutions.

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