Friday 24 November 2017

Sergeant Maurice McCabe: 'I was never directed by Commissioner to cooperate with investigation'

Gardai had disclosed that Callinan had sent out a directive in December 2012

Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe
Whistleblower Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe

THE whistleblower controversy took a fresh twist as Sergeant Maurice McCabe refuted claims he was ordered by the Garda Commissioner to comply with the penalty points investigation.

Sgt McCabe insisted: “I was never directed by the Commissioner to cooperate with the O'Mahony investigation as alleged.”

The sequence of events was called into question when Opposition politicans began claiming that Sgt McCabe had never been asked to co-operate with the penalty points investigation.

But gardai then disclosed that the Garda Commissioner had sent out a directive on December 14, 2012.

This was in line with a statement earlier given by Commissioner Martin Callinan to a Dail committee last year.

Mr Callinan issued the directive to his force that anybody who had information about wrongdoing or malpractice in the force in relation to penalty points should inform the investigation team, led by Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahony, and anybody who had illegal possession of confidential records should return them.

Sgt McCabe tonight released a transcript of a conversation he claims he had with a superior officer on December 14, 2012.

And he strongly questioned the notion that he had been “directed by the Commissioner to cooperate with the O’Mahony investigation as alleged”.

He added: “I never withheld any information or cooperation from the O'Mahony investigation as is now suggested.”

He also claimed: “I was never contacted by anyone conducting the O'Mahony investigation which completed its report without making any attempt to speak with me or to seek my input or cooperation into its inquiries.”

He added: “As a member of the Garda Siochana, I have tried to uphold its integrity by complying with my duty and being truthful in my dealings with my superiors and with the public office holders with whom I have been dealing in relation to these matters.”

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