Thursday 22 February 2018

Does whistleblower law apply to gardai?

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

A conservative appeal court judge in the US recently emerged as a champion of the free press in America. Judge Harvie Wilkinson III, appointed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, spoke of the necessity for whistleblowers to expose official wrongdoing in a comment on the case of a police officer who was hounded out of his job for leaking a document on the controversial killing of an elderly man.

"It is vital to the health of our polity," he said, "that the functioning of the ever more complex and powerful machinery of government not become democracy's dark lagoon."

Judge Wilkinson's view is as relevant here, maybe even more so, as it is in the US.

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