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Thursday 21 November 2019

Garda Commissioner stands by 'disgusting' comment on penalty points leaks

Martin Callinan
Martin Callinan

Fionnan Sheahan, Group Political Editor

GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan is standing over his use of the term “disgusting” in relation to the leaking of details of the scrapping of penalty points.

The Commissioner has faced calls to withdraw the comment and apologise to the garda whistleblowers.

However, Commissioner Callinan says he was not referring to the “character” of Sergeant Maurice McCabe and former garda John Wilson.

“I want to clarify that my use of that term was not in reference to the character of either Sgt McCabe or former Garda Wilson, but the manner in which personal and sensitive data was inappropriately appearing in the public domain without regard to due process and fair procedures.

“I stated at the PAC and re-iterate now my absolute support and commitment to any member of An Garda Síochána who reports wrongdoing of any kind,” he said.

The Commissioner made the original comment at the Dail Public Accounts Committee in January.

The Garda Commissioner has welcomed the publication today of the Garda Inspectorate report on the penalty points affair.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter also declined to apologise to the whistleblowers.

But the minister did acknowledged if the whistleblowers had not focused on this issue there wouldn’t be a report of the Garda Inspectorate.

“In some of the issues they raised, they have been provided to be right. In other issues, they haven’t been proved to be right,” he said.

Irish Independent

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