Sunday 25 February 2018

'I just want to go back doing the job' - Supt Taylor returns to work after suspension lifted

Superintendent Dave Taylor arrives back to work at Dublin Castle. Also included is his wife Michelle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor arrives back to work at Dublin Castle. Also included is his wife Michelle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor gets ready at his home to go back to work at Dublin Castle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor gets ready at his home to go back to work at Dublin Castle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor with his wife Michelle before leaving his home to go back to work at Dublin Castle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor with his wife Michelle before leaving his home to go back to work at Dublin Castle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor gets ready at his home to go back to work at Dublin Castle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor leaves his home to go back to work at Dublin Castle. Also included is his wife Michelle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor arrives back to work at Dublin Castle. Also included is his wife Michelle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor arrives back to work at Dublin Castle. Also included is his wife Michelle.
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Garda whistleblower Superintendent David Taylor today returned to work with a smile after being cleared of allegations of leaking information to the media.

His return to the Traffic Department comes nearly two years after being suspended during which time he had been arrested and questioned for 21 hours at Balbriggan Garda Station, and had his salary reduced.

He was reinstated with immediate effect yesterday after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) cleared him of allegations relating to the Roma children controversy while he was former head of the garda press office.

As the continuing controversy about the smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe threatened to topple the Government, Supt Taylor today put on his uniform for the first time in 22 months and happily made his way to Dublin Castle.

Mr Taylor is one of the two whistleblowers at the centre of the current crisis engulfing An Garda Siochana and the Government. The second is Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

It is understood that Supt Taylor has alleged that Ms O’Sullivan knew about a smear campaign against Sgt McCabe.

The Commissioner has consistently denied this charge, including yesterday when she issued a statement saying: “I have made it clear that I was not part of any campaign to spread rumours about Sergeant McCabe and didn't know it was happening at the time it was happening.

“I have repeatedly refuted that claim and do so again.”

Superintendent Dave Taylor gets ready at his home to go back to work at Dublin Castle.
Superintendent Dave Taylor gets ready at his home to go back to work at Dublin Castle.

Standing in his living room in his north Dublin suburban home, Supt Taylor said he was looking forward to this day.

His wife Michelle helped him adjust his epaulettes and straighten his tie.

“The troops in Traffic have been brilliant. It has been a long road and I feel vindicated at last,” Supt Taylor told Independent.ie.

“I just want to go back doing the job that I have been doing and just move forward,” he added.

“I’m just looking forward to some normality really. We had to wait a long time but then things suddenly moved quickly in the end,” he explained.

Wife Michelle said: “I’m very proud of Dave, and I’m delighted he has been vindicated."

“We have had so much support from Dave’s colleagues, and our friends and neighbours have been our rock over the last two years,” she added.

Dave and Michelle, accompanied by their daughter Jane and nephew Keith, then made their way to Dublin Castle and the Traffic Corps offices.

“It had been very difficult and stressful but I want to put that behind me now,” he said

Later, in an interview with TV3 News, Supt Taylor said he was delighted to be back at work in Dublin Castle.

“I’m delighted to be back as I said in my statement last night , delighted to resume my life , vindicated, I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues for their support."

In a statement yesterday Supt Taylor said he is awaiting a copy of the Director of Public Prosecution's letter.

"I have waited a long time for this decision to be made. It has been an incredibly stressful and difficult time for my family and friends. I would like to thank my friends and colleagues who supported me through this time,” he said.

As head of the Garda Press Office, Mr Taylor was authorised to speak to the media.

The manner behind Mr Taylor's suspension and the fact that it has lasted for so long has caused serious disquiet within garda and political circles.

The special unit tasked with investigating the alleged leaking of material to the media is headed up by Ms O'Sullivan's husband, Chief Superintendent Jim McGowan.

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