Thursday 25 May 2017

Commissioner's claim on McCabe may start new maelstrom in force

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: conflicting positions. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: conflicting positions. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Paul Williams

The revelation that Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan incorrectly claimed Maurice McCabe had admitted his complaints about garda malpractice were based on malice is embarrassing at best.

It has been reported that counsel for the commissioner told the initial stages of the sworn enquiry into allegations of wrong-doing in the Cavan/Monaghan division that evidence would be presented showing McCabe had been motivated by spite.

It was suggested the sergeant, some of whose complaints were upheld by the enquiry while others were dismissed as unfounded, made the admission at a meeting with two senior officers. According to the commissioner, they had taken a note of the confession of malice.

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