Monday 5 December 2016

Whistleblowing essential to keeping force functioning

Judge O'Higgins's report encourages other gardai to speak out about 'wrongdoing' in the force

Published 15/05/2016 | 02:30

Blue strain: Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan speaking at a press conference in Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Blue strain: Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan speaking at a press conference in Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Maurice McCabe approached this newspaper first with his complaints about what he claimed was corruption and mismanagement in the Bailieboro District after we published an article about alleged misbehaviour and lack of supervision of young gardai.

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Bailieboro was not named in the inside page article, for legal reasons, but the description of the events and activities of young gardai would have made it clear to those in the know that some of the events described in the article had taken place in the Cavan-Monaghan Division.

McCabe merely confirmed details of the report but then went on to make very serious allegations against senior gardai. These were investigated by the Sunday Independent over a period of some months and found to be baseless. Contact with McCabe ended after a series of calls and two meetings.

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