Monday 22 January 2018

How RTÉ got caught up in Garda 'dirty tricks'

O'Sullivan investigated over campaign against whistleblower

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan Photo: Arthur Carron
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan Photo: Arthur Carron

Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan

RTÉ is facing claims that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan orchestrated a broadcast in which whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe was "branded a liar and irresponsible".

The relationship between the national broadcaster and Garda management will be put under intense scrutiny as part of the latest investigation into allegations of misconduct in the force.

Supreme Court Judge Justice Peter Charleton has been asked by the Government to investigate a claim that the Commissioner was involved in the broadcast which aired on RTÉ on May 9, 2016.

In total, the judge will examine nine issues including whether she knew about a smear campaign against Sergeant McCabe, or if she played any part in directing it.

Earlier, the Dáil was rocked by allegations the Garda chief sought to link whistleblower Sergeant McCabe to sex crimes. The claims by Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin provoked a furious response from the Commissioner, who was last night clinging on to her position in An Garda Síochána.

Irish Independent

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