Saturday 3 December 2016

'New politics' fails its first test as ministers abandon whistleblowers

Published 17/05/2016 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins

Desperate attempts by a succession of Fine Gael ministers to downplay the current controversy embroiling the Garda Commissioner are pathetic and suggest that new politics is nothing but an empty slogan.

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Health Minister Simon Harris had a lot to say about senior gardaí in the Dáil in 2014 after the publication of the Guerin Report; none of it was complimentary.

"To be frank, as somebody who sat through the hearings at the Committee of Public Accounts with the then Garda Commissioner, Mr Callinan, it was very clear that the top brass of An Garda Síochána viewed whistleblowers and dissenting voices as 'not on the team'. That is the problem," he said, in a reference to Martin Callinan's infamous description of the actions of whistleblowers as "disgusting".

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