Saturday 25 March 2017

Fresh revelations on whistleblowers a reminder of how important it is for our laws to protect them

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, left, and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, right. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, left, and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, right. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Jason O'Sullivan

The media reports this week that two senior gardaí have made protected disclosures to the Department of Justice will raise fresh questions about the treatment of whistleblowers within the force and within Irish society.

Both officers are alleging that senior Garda management conducted a major strategic campaign aimed at discrediting and destroying a whistleblower's character.

This latest revelation on the subject of whistleblowers within An Garda Síochána comes only a few months after the publication of the O'Higgins report in May. The basis for that report was an investigation by Mr Justice Kevin O'Higgins into various claims by whistleblower Garda Maurice McCabe of alleged Garda corruption in the Cavan-Monaghan Division.

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