Tuesday 26 September 2017

How minister ignored a wife's cry for help

Alan Shatter
Alan Shatter
Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

It was a cry for help from a woman in distress and at the end of her tether. She made it directly to the Justice Minister – and it met with a chilly response. Formal, legalistic and ultimately evasive. She was directed elsewhere.

When Lorraine McCabe emailed Alan Shatter and alleged a death threat had been made against her husband, garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe, she must have hoped the minister would take a direct interest in the case.

Whatever else may have been due to the couple, they were entitled to a quick response. How often is a Justice Minister told that a serving garda sergeant fears a colleague will do him physical harm? On a human level, an appeal from that sergeant's wife is difficult to ignore.

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