Garda Commissioner's office is now damaged
The allegations against Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan make it difficult to see how her tenure as head of the force can continue for much longer.
Commissioner O'Sullivan now faces a statutory investigation looking into whether:
- She was involved in ordering the Garda Press Office to brief the media negatively against a Garda whistleblower;
- She knew about a secret meeting between her predecessor as Commissioner, Martin Callinan, and then Public Accounts Committee chairman and Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness, where allegations against a Garda whistleblower were made;
- She planned and orchestrated broadcasts on RTÉ, supposedly a leaked account of the unpublished O'Higgins Commission Report, in which Sergeant Maurice McCabe was wrongly branded a liar and irresponsible.
The terms of reference of the investigation into the treatment of Garda whistleblowers places Commissioner O'Sullivan front and centre.