Sunday 19 November 2017

We must keep a sense of proportion over controversies that rocked gardai

Senior Counsel Sean Guerin. Photo: Mark Condren
Senior Counsel Sean Guerin. Photo: Mark Condren
Sean Guerin’s report has vindicated Gda Sgt Maurice McCabe. Picture: GERARD HORE

Hugh O'Flaherty

The Guerin Report, while it made findings of maladministration, was precluded from dealing with the substance of the various complaints made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe. The resolution of those is for another day and another form of inquiry.

For now, I want to focus on matters that first surfaced to do with the alleged bugging of the Garda Ombudsman's office and the controversy about the cancellation of penalty points.

I was reading in a recent edition of the 'New Yorker' magazine a series of interviews one of the staff members had with US President Barack Obama. He had access to Mr Obama on board Air Force One as well as in the White House.

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