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State and media have failed whistleblowers

Snubbed for sticking his head above the parapet, Maurice McCabe is finally being vindicated

Published 11/05/2014 | 02:00

Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe. Picture: Tom Burke
Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe. Picture: Tom Burke

The pressure on Sergeant Maurice McCabe and his family has been enormous. But last week brought them relief with the publication of a damning review of official reactions to his complaints about Garda malpractice.

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McCabe has never tried to do more than the job that he is paid to do. He has not sought publicity except as a last resort, and has not tried to be a hero.

Senior Counsel Sean Guerin has now reported to the Taoiseach what others who looked closely at this affair have thought for some time, that McCabe is a decent man. Guerin spent four days locked in conversation with McCabe at Dunboyne Castle. McCabe felt that his complaints were finally receiving the attention that their seriousness merited, even if the interrogation by Guerin was sometimes tough and occasionally frosty. Guerin recorded the sessions.

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