Opinion Editorial

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Garda Commissioner's office is now damaged

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. Photo: PA
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. Photo: PA


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  • She planned and orchestrated broadcasts on RTÉ, supposedly a leaked account of the unpublished O'Higgins Commission Report, in which Sergeant Maurice McCabe was wrongly branded a liar and irresponsible.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.

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