Friday 17 November 2017

Tribunal could be streamed online 'on the web, worldwide or whatever' - Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a Jobs announcement at Indeed's Headquarters on St Stephens Green. Pic Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a Jobs announcement at Indeed's Headquarters on St Stephens Green. Pic Steve Humphreys
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The tribunal of inquiry into the alleged smear campaign against garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe could be broadcast on the internet, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has suggested.

He said it would be up the judge appointed to head the investigation to decide “whether that is put on the web, worldwide or whatever”.

Mr Kenny told the Dáil the judge would also have to decide how to deal with the protection of journalistic sources.

He was responding to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan who questioned how the tribunal would deal with journalists who need to protect sources, when the identity of those sources is actually central to whether there was a campaign against Sgt McCabe.

Mr Ryan denied that the “dogs on the streets” knew about the false allegations against Sgt McCabe.

“We need to work out who contact who to get to that smear campaign,” he said.

The Taoiseach also suggested that the timeline for setting the terms of reference for the tribunal might not be concluded this week.

He also said it would be up to the judge to decide whether other whistleblowers might have their cases included in the inquiry.

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