Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dearbhail McDonald: Callinan’s reputation damaged

COMMISSIONER Callinan’s resignation may result in his reputation being feted internally within “his force”, but what are the wider implications?

It seems one word, “disgusting,” has unravelled the distinguished career for former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan who resigned ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting, possibly alleviating Ministers of the delicate task of asking him to gracefully step aside.

The resignation itself is not shocking in light of the refusal of Commissioner Callinan to withdraw - notwithstanding earlier clarifications - the “disgusting” remark he used to describe two garda whistleblowers that appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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