Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pressure has eased, but Garda chief still has work to do to rebuild trust

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan made a statement about her stance toward whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan made a statement about her stance toward whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Whistleblower: Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

So, just before the Taoiseach and Justice Minister went in to bat in a very tricky Dáil debate on policing, Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's much awaited statement finally dropped.

That was a relief for the Government, and it again showed how the fortunes of the commissioner and the principals of this shaky minority Coalition are so closely intertwined. Ms O'Sullivan's statement came 10 days into a raging controversy about apparent contradictions in her stance towards Garda whistleblower, Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

How did she reconcile her public praise for Mr McCabe with instructions to her legal counsel to the O'Higgins Commission of Inquiry to challenge his "credibility and motivation?" Well firstly, she went back over what we already knew, via leaked evidence transcripts, that she never challenged McCabe's "integrity".

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