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Saturday 14 December 2019

Wallace claims whistleblower out of work due to harassment

Sgt McCabe 'continues to suffer harassment from members of the force', TD claims

Niall O'Connor, Leinster House

GARDA whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe is continuing to suffer harassment from fellow members of the force, according to Independent TD Mick Wallace.

The Wexford deputy last night claimed that Sgt McCabe has been told by colleagues that he has "destroyed the force".

"Speaking of no change, Maurice McCabe is not at work today or yesterday. He is suffering harassment and abuse," Mr Wallace said.

"He has been told by senior officers that he destroyed the force. He has reported the abuse through the proper channels. And there is no change. It is hard to believe that a man who has been so selfless and relentless in the pursuit of justice, could still be treated like this, given all we now know,"he added.

Mr Wallace was speaking during a debate on his proposed bill which aims to strengthen the Garda Ombudsman.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said would raise the claims about Sgt McCabe with the Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan.

In relation to the bill, Ms Fitzgerald said it is being accepted in principle by the government.

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