Saturday 23 September 2017

Clarity is needed if we are to avoid an election

Whistleblower: Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Photo: Tom Burke
Whistleblower: Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Photo: Tom Burke
Editorial

Editorial

The past week's doings are very far from encouraging. Government efforts to launch a third full-blown inquiry into problems surrounding Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe were, at kindest rating, a botch.

The lack of clarity and the confusion surrounding the extent of ministers' knowledge about the role of the child and family agency, Tusla, prompted more questions than answers. Rank-and-file gardaí, whose reputation is being continually undermined, and ordinary citizens who have concerns about probity and fair play have good reason to be angry and frustrated.

As last week's incomplete series of events rolled into the weekend, interventions by the Justice Minister and the Taoiseach himself, failed to provide any additional clarity. In fact, as Sinn Féin upped the ante with threats of a no-confidence motion, speculation about this Government's potential inability to stay the course intensified.

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