Tuesday 16 October 2018

Real Garda whistleblowers are not helped by 'nonsense'

Populist deputies who present unproven allegations as fact deserve reproach when wrong, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Former Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Former Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Not all allegations are equally true. Some are not even true at all.

The case of Garda Keith Harrison offers one extraordinary example. He alleged that he faced a campaign of harassment over five years after arresting a fellow officer for drink-driving in 2009. This included his partner, Marisa Simms, purportedly being coerced into making a complaint against him, and that in turn being used by gardai to pressure social workers at child and family agency Tusla into opening a file. These were serious charges to level.

His case was taken up by a number of opposition TDs, and he asked that his case be considered alongside that of Maurice McCabe at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. In fact, Keith Harrison went further, saying: "I demand that my case be included in any Inquiry/Commission of Investigation by the Government and political establishment." He got his wish.

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