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Saturday 18 November 2017

Cleared Taylor is reinstated to force

Supt Dave Taylor. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Supt Dave Taylor. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Ken Foy and Niall O'Connor

The whistleblower whose decision to report the alleged smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe been reinstated to the force.

Supt Dave Taylor last night said he felt "vindicated" after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) cleared him of allegations of leaking to the media.

He had been suspended from the force on reduced pay for 21 months - a period during which he, his wife Michelle and family suffered significant stress.

The former Garda press officer was detained for 20 hours at Balbriggan Garda Station following his arrest.

The investigation itself was led by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's husband, the recently promoted Chief Superintendent Jim McGowan.

At several points in recent months, Supt Taylor received a letter through his solicitors informing him that his suspension was being extended.

He at all times has denied the allegations of leaking sensitive information to the media.

Supt Taylor's decision to make a protected disclosure to the Justice Minister, in which he revealed the smear campaign, was key to the events that have developed in recent weeks.

Several TDs, including Fine Gael's Michael D'Arcy and Fianna Fáil deputies John McGuinness and Jim O'Callaghan, have criticised his suspension in recent days.

And last night, Supt Taylor was formally notified by Garda Headquarters that he had been reinstated.

In a statement released last night, Supt Taylor said he now looks forward to moving on with his life.

"After almost two years under formal Garda investigation, I have been informed today that a decision has been made not to prosecute me. I awaiting a copy of the Director of Public Prosecution's letter," he said.

"I have waited a long time for this decision to be made. It has been an incredibly stressful and difficult time for my family and friends. I would like to thank my friends and colleagues who supported me through this time."

Irish Independent

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