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Rabbitte: Shatter was ‘misadvised’ about whistleblower co-operation

COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte has said Justice Minister Alan Shatter was “misadvised” when he claimed two garda whistleblowers did not cooperate with a penalty points inquiry.

Minister Shatter has insisted that retired officer John Wilson and garda sergeant Maurice McCabe did not cooperate with an internal review of their allegations by Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahony.

Speaking to RTE Radio One, Minister Rabbitte said he did not see any evidence to back up his cabinet colleague’s opinion.

He said:  “It seems to me that Minister Shatter was probably badly advised in terms of his initial statement because I can’t find a basis for his understanding that the men didn’t cooperate with the inquiry.

It seems to me they didn’t have the opportunity to be heard by the inquiry. I think he was misadvised on that.”

Minister Rabbitte, who was the first TD approached by Sgt McCabe, said he was a “good policeman, an honourable person and a credible witness”.

Asked about Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s controversial “disgusting” comments the Minister said: “Digging in our heals in this situation is not what’s called for.”

He added: “People have made up their minds on this particular controversy rightly or wrongly.”

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