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
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".