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Sunday 25 February 2018

'Speaking out caused my husband's bowel cancer'

Garda whistleblower retired Garda John Wilson
Garda whistleblower retired Garda John Wilson
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

GARDA whistleblower John Wilson underwent emergency surgery for bowel cancer this week.

Mr Wilson's wife Ann said the illness arrived suddenly and was "undoubtedly" brought on by the stress her husband endured since he exposed flaws in the penalty point system.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Wilson said: "John said himself that within five minutes his whole life had changed."

Along with Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe, Mr Wilson raised serious concerns about the termination of penalty points, which led to four separate inquiries.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter have been called on to apologise to the two whistleblowers for their treatment throughout the affair.

Mr Wilson resigned from the force, claiming his position became untenable.

Ms Wilson added: "How many more times do they need to be proven right before Shatter and Callinan actually say 'you were right and you did the country a service'?"

Ms Wilson said her husband went to the doctor three weeks ago for blood tests, which all came back fine apart from one sample which required further examination.

She said: "The nurse said it was nothing to worry about but as precaution she referred him to a consultant in Cavan General Hospital." The father of three was booked in for a colonoscopy examination on Monday.

Ms Wilson said: "He was told they could not do the colonoscopy examination because of a blockage, which they suspected to be bowel cancer, and surgery would be needed. It was a night from hell. I can't even imagine what John was going through.

"It still hasn't dawned on him that he had cancer because he had it removed."

Irish Independent

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