Thursday 18 October 2018

Callinan stands firm on smear campaign denial

The former Garda commissioner maintains he did not bad-mouth Sgt McCabe, writes Gerard Cunningham

Former Garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan (Niall Carson/PA)
Former Garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan (Niall Carson/PA)

Gerard Cunningham

After three days of evidence from former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan, there was one thing Mr Justice Peter Charleton couldn't quite understand.

"I'm still puzzled as to how you chose David Taylor, because whatever way you look at it, it must be one of the worst mistakes of your life," the judge observed. Martin Callinan could only ruefully agree. Taylor had seemed like a suitable candidate for press officer, "and the rest, as they say, is history".

The tribunal is looking at allegations from Taylor that he was directed to run a smear campaign against whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe, a claim Callinan denies.

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