Saturday 19 January 2019

'I'm glad I reported scandal' - McCabe

Recognition: Moyagh Murdock and Liz O’Donnell of the RSA present Maurice McCabe with the Special Recognition Award. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Recognition: Moyagh Murdock and Liz O’Donnell of the RSA present Maurice McCabe with the Special Recognition Award. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

Retired Sergeant Maurice McCabe says he's glad to have reported the Garda penalty points scandal and things have changed as a result - as he accepted an award from the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

The Garda whistleblower was commended for his work by Transport Minister Shane Ross. Mr Ross said Mr McCabe's work was "so courageous" and full confidence in the system has been restored.

"He rescued the real credibility of the penalty points system by what he did," Mr Ross said. "This is a really wonderful man and this is a wonderful man who had the courage to take on the system - he took on official Ireland and eventually he won.

"But when you think of the suffering he went through to get there, you just have to do nothing but admire his courage. That man hasn't had a normal life for 10 years," Mr Ross added.

Reacting to the award, one of several accolades handed out by the RSA at a ceremony in Croke Park, Mr McCabe said: "It's great, I'm very happy, I didn't expect it."

He said the regime "has changed, it certainly has changed".

Supreme Award: Castletown Girls School fifth class pupils from Dundalk, Co Louth, celebrate winning their RSA award. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Supreme Award: Castletown Girls School fifth class pupils from Dundalk, Co Louth, celebrate winning their RSA award. Photo: Robbie Reynolds

"I'm glad that I reported it and raised it back in 2012, it has changed".

RSA chairperson Liz O'Donnell said: "He has ensured that drivers who break the law and who deserve the imposition of penalty points on their licence actually receive them."

Irish Independent

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