Sunday 19 November 2017

Dark days for Callinan's former right-hand man

Superintendent David Taylor Picture: Collins Dublin.
Superintendent David Taylor Picture: Collins Dublin.

After serving in Áras an Uachtaráin as part of the president's security team, Superintendent David Taylor was promoted to the post of head of the Garda press office in July 2012.

Here he served as a right-hand man to former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan.

Supt Taylor immediately sought to reform the relationship between gardaí and the media, one which for so long had been built on suspicion rather than trust.

But in 2014, the storm clouds grew over Garda headquarters leading to the sudden departure of Mr Callinan over the garda tapes controversy.

For Mr Taylor, his own dark days had just begun.

He was investigated in June 2014 for allegedly leaking sensitive data to the media.

He was then transferred out of the press office and moved to the traffic division.

Supt Taylor was subsequently arrested in May 2015 and suspended from duty on significantly reduced pay.

During his arrest, the father of two was questioned for 20 hours straight and held in a cell in Balbriggan garda station.

The investigation was led by Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's husband, Chief Supt Jim McGowan.

The allegations have never been proven and Supt Taylor initiated legal proceedings against his suspension.

Late last year, Supt Taylor took a major decision to meet Sgt Maurice McCabe.

The pair's legal team also met before Supt Taylor decided to submit a file under the State's protected disclosure laws.

Irish Independent

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