Monday 20 November 2017

Park the apology call, and sort out penalty points controversy

Colum Kenny wonders how the garda commissioner and his political master can ride out the storm over whistleblowers

WATCHDOG: Billy Hawkes backed the garda commissioner
WATCHDOG: Billy Hawkes backed the garda commissioner
Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

When Sergeant Maurice McCabe ran into a brick wall about penalty points, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar met him last May and gave him heart. So Varadkar was consistent last week in calling the garda whistleblowers “distinguished”.

Delegates at a road safety conference applauded his words.

Cynics claim that he spoke as he did because the penalty points affair is damaging his Government.

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