Tuesday 20 February 2018

Callinan angry as PAC to hear whistleblower

Niall O'Connor and John Downing

GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan was said to be furious last night after a Dail committee defied the Justice Minister and opted to take evidence from a garda whistleblower on the penalty points controversy.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) decided to continue with a planned hearing of evidence tomorrow amid serious allegations of systematic abuse of the penalty points system by some gardai.

But it will take place in private with all members warned to maintain confidentiality.

The move, in defiance of strong opposition from both the country's top garda and Justice Minister Alan Shatter, came despite Mr Shatter confirming he would ask the Garda Ombudsman Commission to step in and probe the controversy.

Mr Callinan was understood to have been left furious by the committee decision.

However, sources confirmed to the Irish Independent that he will not be taking court action in a bid to stop whistleblower, Sgt Maurice McCabe, from appearing at the committee.

A garda spokesman said Mr Callinan will be making no comment.

The decision to hear the whistleblower in private session, with some restrictions, was made last night after three Labour TDs on the PAC committee refused to withdraw the invitation.

Irish Independent

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