Philip Ryan: 'When he spoke up, there was an arm of the State out to crush him'
It's been a while since Maurice McCabe put on a Garda uniform or sat behind the wheel of a patrol car. It's been a long time since he took a statement or logged an evidence bag. From today he never will do any of those things again.
Sgt McCabe's retirement did not come as a big shock to those who know him. He's been on stress-related sick leave for the best part of the past two years. And who could blame him?
The country's most widely recognised whistleblower and his family spent most of the last five years in the full glare of the public spotlight. They couldn't pick up a newspaper or turn on the television without being faced with the plight they endured since Mr McCabe decided to speak up.