Sunday 20 August 2017

Mishandling of the whistleblower row shows Coalition no longer fit for office

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Children's Minister Katherine Zappone Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil may yet agree some formula of words to save the Government and prevent an election, but the utterly shambolic handling of the Maurice McCabe controversy suggests it's time for this administration to slink from office.

Yesterday, both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were in damage limitation mode after divergent accounts of a meeting between Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan came to light.

Mr O'Callaghan was "100pc certain" that, at a meeting with the minister on Wednesday night, he warned her on "three or four" occasions that a Tusla file, alleging criminal conduct against Sgt McCabe, was going to be revealed in a 'Prime Time' exposé the following night.

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