Saturday 16 November 2019

Top job for garda who exposed abuse of points

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has been given a more senior role in the force following his exposure of the penalty points scandal
Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has been given a more senior role in the force following his exposure of the penalty points scandal
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

GARDA whistleblower Maurice McCabe has been given a more senior role in the force following his exposure of the penalty points scandal.

Sergeant McCabe is currently the acting head of the traffic corps in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, and it is expected he will be made permanent in the coming weeks.

Sources close to Sgt McCabe said he would "welcome the opportunity" to take charge of the division.

The Irish Independent understands the midlands-based garda also held discussions with garda management about taking up a permanent role in the force's Professional Standards Unit (PSU) after he worked with them on his recent penalty point allegations.

He was also offered a role in a new penalty point evader unit which is due to be established on foot of recommendations made by the PSU's investigation. The development is a massive step for Sgt McCabe, who was barred from accessing garda records at the height of the penalty points controversy.

At the time, he claimed he was harassed and bullied by senior gardaí for raising concerns about garda conduct.

His penalty point allegations led to four separate reports and resulted in a massive overhaul of the fixed charge notice system.

He was recently seconded into the PSU to help investigate a second wave of penalty point allegations he raised after gardaí introduced new measures aimed at stamping out abuse of the system.

Irish Independent

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