Wednesday 18 October 2017

Editorial: Callinan in tough position ahead of Cabinet meeting

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

The time is long past when the Garda Commissioner should either apologise for his use of the word "disgusting" in relation to the two garda whistleblowers, or seriously consider his position. It is believed that Mr Callinan has no plans to go beyond what he has already said and in effect it will be up to the Taoiseach and his Cabinet to decide if they can live without the "helpful" apology that a succession of ministers would like to hear.

Undoubtedly, Mr Callinan was distressed that the garda internal Pulse system was compromised and information was disseminated among various groups, including TDs and the media. It is now irrelevant whether the commissioner was referring to the gardai themselves or to the fact that internal information had come into the public domain.

A majority of people believe that the whistleblowers did the right thing and the matter is now a political issue rather than one of whether garda procedures were properly followed.

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