Tuesday 24 October 2017

Callinan 'couldn't understand' why Taoiseach aide called to his house

Brian Purcell described his late-night dispatch to the Garda Commissioner as the worst in his career, writes Maeve Sheehan

‘THIS IS HORRENDOUS’: How then Justice Minister Alan Shatter, left, with former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, right, described the run-up to the Commissioner leaving office, when he texted Brian Purcell
‘THIS IS HORRENDOUS’: How then Justice Minister Alan Shatter, left, with former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, right, described the run-up to the Commissioner leaving office, when he texted Brian Purcell
Brian Purcell
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

When he worked in social welfare, Brian Purcell was abducted and shot in the legs by the gangster Martin Cahill because the civil servant stopped his dole. It says a lot when a man who endured that ordeal describes the day of his cloak-and-dagger dispatch to the Garda Commissioner's home as one of the worst in his career.

It was Monday March 24, 2014. The Secretary General at the Department of Justice was on his first day back at work having taken leave following the death of his mother.

A string of Garda controversies had plagued his department for months, from the penalty points scandal to the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan's branding of the whistle-blowers who exposed it as "disgusting".

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