Wednesday 26 July 2017

How garda watchdog tape slipped below radar

Claims about Alan Shatter’s attitude to whistleblowers have been made in the Dail, but is Irish society bothered, asks Colum Kenny

On the record: Minister for Justice Alan Shatter claimed Mick Wallace appeared to be undermining public confidence in the gardai
On the record: Minister for Justice Alan Shatter claimed Mick Wallace appeared to be undermining public confidence in the gardai

Last week, serious claims were made about the Justice Minister’s attitude towards whistleblowers. You may not have noticed this, because much of the media all but ignored it.

Like the penalty points affair itself, these claims and how we respond to them are a test of how much Irish society really cares about reform.

The claims were based on an alleged transcript of a tape-recording of a meeting between a garda whistleblower and the Confidential Recipient, as the person officially appointed by the Government to help garda whistleblowers is known.

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