Friday 19 January 2018

Ian O'Doherty: Coalition faces a slow-motion implosion over McCabe scandal

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald (left) and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the launch of the Policing Authority Code of Ethics for An Garda Síochána in January. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald (left) and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the launch of the Policing Authority Code of Ethics for An Garda Síochána in January. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

We're gonna need a bigger Gubu. When further revelations about the treatment of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe began to emerge last week, particularly in the wake of a damning RTÉ 'Prime Time' report on Thursday night, things already looked bad for the Government.

By close of play yesterday, they looked almost terminal.

What we have witnessed over the last few days managed to shock a general public already so punch drunk from scandals and bad behaviour by Official Ireland that one might have thought we'd be inured to outrage at this stage. But there is something so incredible and, frankly, sinister about the whole affair that few people have been able to talk of anything else.

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