Wednesday 23 August 2017

Questions remain over Purcell’s side-stepping of whistleblowers

Justice Department mandarin saw Guerin report as main risk while taping scandal grew

Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and former Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Brian Purcell
Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

‘I certainly hope it does not come back to haunt me.” Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell was not talking about his refusal to answer certain questions at an Oireachtas committee last week.

He was instead referring to his blunt criticisms of the recent Guerin report into his department’s handling of serious complaints by garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson, yet he did not sound too worried about speaking his mind.

He had earlier given the garda whistleblowers an Irish apology. One that includes a big IF. He was not quite admitting that his department got things wrong. But, insofar as it MAY have, he was sorry.

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