Sunday 25 February 2018

Judge in whistleblower inquiry accused of calling Daly 'a bitch'

Alan O'Keeffe and Philip Ryan

A judge, accused of putting pressure on former garda whistleblower John Wilson to withdraw allegations against a senior garda officer, had allegedly referred to Independent TD Clare Daly as "a bitch".

Ms Daly publicly named other judges and well-known personalities in the Dail as having had penalty points quashed.

Mr Wilson also claimed the judge said Ms Daly's arrest for suspected drink driving last year was "karma" for using Dail privilege to name high-profile people who had penalty points wiped. Ms Daly (right) was later cleared of drink driving.

It was reported yesterday by the 'Sunday Independent' that Mr Wilson's brother, Fianna Fail senator Diarmuid Wilson, had been present during one of the alleged meetings between Mr Wilson and the judge. Senator Wilson has reportedly not had contact, however, with his party leader about the claims.

Micheal Martin stated: "I have not had any correspondence or conversation with senator Wilson on this issue, and given that it is the subject of an ongoing garda and GSOC investigation, I do not believe that it would be appropriate to do so."

Mr Wilson had made a statement in which he said the judge asked him to withdraw allegations that the senior garda had terminated penalty points. The judge has confirmed he met Mr Wilson, but denies pressurising him to withdraw the complaint.

In a redacted version, Mr Wilson states: "(The judge) was also very critical of the fact that I had gone to Clare Daly TD whom he described as a bitch."

The meeting is the subject of a GSOC inquiry.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has also been made aware of the conversation and a spokesman said he was "seeking legal advice in relation to the complaint".

Irish Independent

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