Whistleblowers show great courage at great cost to themselves
The majority of gardaí do a great job. They can find their lives in danger and have lost brave colleagues. Like all organisations, it has good standards, but a few of these may slip and some of its members sometimes feel the need to speak out.
In terms of transparency, it would have been better if the frame of reference of the commission of inquiry had allowed Mr Justice Kevin O'Higgins to include how counsel for the Garda Commissioner said he was under instruction to strongly question the integrity, motivation and credibility of Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe on his allegations of malpractice by members of the force.
Counsel for the commissioner later said he misinterpreted the instructions and integrity was not included.