Sunday 8 December 2019

Whistleblower calls on Shatter to step down

Retired garda & whistleblower John Wilson. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Retired garda & whistleblower John Wilson. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Wilson appeared the Late Late Show tonight.
Whistleblower retired Garda John Wilson
WHISTLEBLOWER: John Wilson, who has since quit the force
Alan Shatter leaves his house and (inset) the Army investigates a suspicious package found at his home

Joyce Fegan

RETIRED garda and whistleblower John Wilson has called for the resignation of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

When asked if the minister should resign, Mr Wilson said “no doubt”.

“I believe his behaviour throughout has been deplorable. I have no confidence in the man,” he said.

Mr Wilson (55), who retired from last July after 30 years of service, began reporting corruption in the force in March 2012  and contacted former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan about the systematic quashing of penalty points on April 4, 2012.

In January Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan described the actions of Mr Wilson and whistleblower Maurice McCabe as “disgusting” at the Dail's Public Accounts Committee.

Mr Wilson told Ryan Tubridy on last night’s ‘Late Late Show’ that  the comments “very, very disturbing”.

“As far as I'm concerned it was a warning to the other 13,000 members of the force to keep their heads down.”

The whistleblower said that Mr Callinan's subsequent statement after the “disgusting” comment only worsened his position.

“He dug the whole deeper by his responding statement. He knew exactly what he was saying,” stated the retired garda.

According to Mr Wilson there were 10,000 fixed penalty points being terminated on an annual basis.

Mr Wilson said that both the justice minister and the former commissioner discredited the initial reporting of the termination of thousands of penalty points, but that Mr Callinan had done the country “some service” throughout his career.

“Because from the beginning of this scandal, from when the penalty points issue became a major issue in the public domain. Mr Callinan along with Mr Shatter basically rubbished us,” added the 55-year-old whistleblower.

He said that while he was happy that Mr Shatter had corrected the record in the Dail in relation to the controversy he did not accept his apology.

“He was dragged kicking and screaming to Dail Eireann,” came Mr Wilson's response when asked did he accept Mr Shatter's apology.

Irish Independent

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