Friday 18 January 2019

Former Garda Commissioner's appearance at tribunal set to be delayed

Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: PA
Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photo: PA
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Public hearings by the Disclosures Tribunal are to be delayed this week after a large volume of documentation was handed over to the inquiry over the past month.

The tribunal had been scheduled to sit all week, as part of a module investigating whether former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan inappropriately relied on false allegations of sexual abuse against Sgt Maurice McCabe during the O’Higgins Commission, a commission of investigation into Garda conduct and competence in the Cavan/Monaghan Division.

However, evidence will now only be heard today and Friday after a large number of boxes of documentation, as well as electronic material, was handed over by the Department of Justice, An Garda Síochána and the Chief State Solicitors Office during December and earlier this month.

The delay means Ms O’Sullivan is unlikely to give evidence this week. She had originally been scheduled to appear tomorrow.

The tribunal will hear evidence today from former chief administrative officer with the Garda, Cyril Dunne, before adjourning until Friday.

Recordings from the O'Higgins Commission will also be played at the tribunal today.

The module is investigating whether the false allegations of sexual abuse or any other unjustified grounds were inappropriately relied upon by Ms O’Sullivan to discredit Sgt Maurice McCabe at the O’Higgins Commission.

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