Thursday 21 November 2019

Whistleblower Maurice McCabe wants Dail record on remarks corrected

Whistleblower Garda Sgt. Maurice McCabe arriving for the private session of the Dail Public Accounts Committee
Whistleblower Garda Sgt. Maurice McCabe arriving for the private session of the Dail Public Accounts Committee

Niall O'Connor

GARDA whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe is planning to ask the Ceann Comhairle to correct the Dail record over controversial remarks made about him by the Justice Minister.

Alan Shatter has faced calls to apologise to Sgt McCabe after he accused the serving officer of refusing to co-operate with the penalty points inquiry.

Sgt McCabe will write to the office of the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett and request that he corrects the Dail record.

The move by Sgt McCabe will place Mr Barrett in a precarious position and may force him to scrutinise the minister's remarks.

It's understood that Sgt McCabe has taken legal advice over the claim that he failed to co-operate with the garda inquiry into the alleged quashing of penalty points.

He is also taking advice over remarks made at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Mr Callinan accused Sgt McCabe of "quite disgusting" behaviour.

The handling of Sgt McCabe's allegations has led to calls for Mr Shatter and Mr Callinan's resignations. However, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday claimed some of Sgt McCabe's allegations regarding penalty points were "false" and "exaggerated".

"Every allegation isn't true and just because somebody made an allegation that was true once, doesn't mean that every allegation they make is true," he told Marian Finucane on RTE radio.

Mr Varadkar said that Sgt McCabe had accepted that not all of his allegations were true. He referred to cases of "mistaken identity".

Meanwhile, PAC chairman, Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness, claimed that records of 16-day-old babies are placed on the garda PULSE system.

"What system within the guards allows PULSE to put 16-day-old children on the PULSE system, creating a record for them in terms of criminality and intelligence," he said.

However, sources last night insisted that age did not play a factor in records being placed on the PULSE system.

"PULSE keeps records of incidents. If there was a situation whereby a young child was at the scene of an investigation, that of course would be registered," a source said.

Irish Independent

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