Tuesday 23 October 2018

No record McCabe was Garda 'target'

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Gerard Cunningham

There are no records on Garda computer systems and files portraying whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe and former press officer Superintendent David Taylor as targets or "in a derogatory light", the Charleton tribunal has been told.

Peter Kirwan, a former detective chief superintendent who worked in the security and intelligence section until last year, was asked to search for any intelligence files in existence on Sgt McCabe, or on a computer system called Oisín at Garda HQ.

Allegations

The tribunal is examining allegations by Supt Taylor that he was directed by former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan to brief the media negatively on Sgt McCabe.

Mr Callinan denies these allegations.

Mr Kirwan was also asked to examine whether intelligence files were kept in Garda HQ on any garda under investigation, and if any such file was kept on either Supt Taylor or Sgt McCabe.

He said he did not find any files that presented either Sgt McCabe or Supt Taylor as a "target" of An Garda Síochána.

Irish Independent

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