Friday 17 November 2017

Maurice McCabe and the rule of law

'Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has done the State a service'
'Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has done the State a service'


The shocking revelations at the centre of the Maurice McCabe affair represent a final opportunity to implement absolute root and branch reform of An Garda Siochana. Nothing less will do. The revelations indicate that either a monumental error or sinister conspiracy has taken place at the heart of at least two institutions of the State.

At this remove, the entire affair has taken on the appearance of a deeply disturbing combination of both error and conspiracy. It is, therefore, urgent in the extreme that these matters are thoroughly investigated without fear or favour and that the findings of such an investigation inform a criminal investigation should such be deemed necessary to follow.

The Child and Family Agency, Tusla, is dedicated to improving the wellbeing and outcomes for children in this country. This agency was established as a consequence of the exposure of an appalling litany of physical, psychological and sexual abuse of children, sometimes in the care of the State itself. Tusla has provided and continues to provide a valuable service. That this agency should be responsible for, at best, a monumental error in the case of Maurice McCabe and his family is as intolerable as it is profoundly shocking. It is not good enough to say that a grievous mistake has occurred and to issue an apology to the McCabe family, however sincerely that apology is tendered. What is needed now is for consequences to follow, meaningful consequences at whatever level is shown to be required.

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