Martina Devlin: Gardaí's integrity on the line after claims whistleblower was demonised by his superiors
Remember when An Garda Síochána was a term used with widespread respect? When Irish people were proud of their police force for upholding its end of the bargain between citizens and law-enforcers with honour?
Those days are gone. The respect is vanishing, the trust is dented. As of this week, gardaí integrity hangs in the balance.
If senior officers are found to have orchestrated a smear campaign against whistleblower Maurice McCabe, as claimed, then the credibility of the force will be compromised. Only root-and-branch reform to make it fit for purpose, as happened with the RUC, will restore its reputation.