Nóirín’s Disgust

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Former Garda Commissioner and then Assistant Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan speaking at Public Accounts Committee in January 2014

You may recall former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan speaking at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee of Public Accounts on January 23, 2014.

Mr Callinan made that ‘disgusting’ remark in relation to the Garda whistleblowers Sgt Maurice McCabe and John Wilson during the meeting.

Mr Callinan, who was sitting next to the then assistant Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the time, said:

My position is very clear, anyone that makes any report of wrongdoing to me, I will deal with it very, very seriously indeed. And I’m sure I speak for my officers here beside me, and beyond, when I say that is the case. And we will not be isolating anybody who makes a complaint of wrongdoing against another member of the force.”

“…I will not allow anybody to be bullied or harassed or anything of that nature, intimidate, any adverb, any adjective you choose to use, that will not happen on my watch, as far as I’m concerned, if people are reporting wrongdoing. But there is a mechanism and a procedure for doing it and that shouldn’t be going off to a third party with a whole raft of very, very serious allegations, criminal and otherwise and producing those elsewhere.”

“…There isn’t a whisper anywhere else, from any other member of An Garda Siochana about this corruption, this malpractice and all of those things that are levelled against their fellow officers. I, frankly, I think it’s quite disgusting. On a personal level, I think it’s quite disgusting.”

Further to this, and this week’s publication of the O’Higgins report into allegations made by Sgt Maurice McCabe….

In today’s Irish Examiner, Michael Clifford reports that claims made by Noirín O’Sullivan’s senior counsel to the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation – that Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe was acting out of malice – were proven to be untrue.

Yet they weren’t included in Justice O’Higgins’ findings.

Ms O’Sullivan was represented by Colm Smyth, SC, while Sgt McCabe was represented by Michael McDowell, SC, now a Senator.

Mr Clifford reports:

At the very early stages, the inquiry was told by senior counsel for Ms O’Sullivan that evidence would be produced to show that Sgt McCabe had told two other officers that he was making his complaints because of malice he harboured towards a senior officer.

The inquiry was informed that the two officers had taken notes at the meeting in question and prepared a report which was forwarded to a senior officer.

However, a few days after the submission, Sgt McCabe informed Mr O’Higgins he had a tape recording of the meeting in question.

Mr O’Higgins indicated that the transcript coincided precisely with Sgt McCabe’s version of events and was in conflict with the allegation that he had told the two officers he was motivated by malice.

…At the inquiry, the commissioner was represented by the same counsel as two of the officers against whom Sgt McCabe had made allegations.

A Garda spokesperson said the commissioner was barred by statute from commenting on the commission.

Garda Commissioner claimed Maurice McCabe was motivated by ‘malice’ (Irish Examiner)

17 thoughts on “Nóirín’s Disgust

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      It would appear so. Which means that the person occupying the highest office in An Garda Siochana is a duplicitous liar, concerned only with appearances as opposed to reality. This bodes very ill for the state of law enforcement in this country.

  1. moroccan rug dealer

    No more whistleblowers!! Senior garda can “take notes” of a meeting with Sgt mc Cabe and sgt mc Cabe can prove from recording this meeting that their “notes” of meeting are a pack of lies. And Noirin is stabbing him in the back. What a two faced #####.

  2. Supercrazyprices

    “any report of wrongdoing to me, I will deal with it very, very seriously indeed.”

    As in we’ll round on you instead and ruin your life. Their claim to deal with complaints seriously and then caveat that by warning officers not to stray outside of the existing procedures simply tells officers not to complain at all. Internal complaints procedures are just a heads up to the top brass to cover it up.

    AGS is unprofessional from the top down. Disband and municipalize.

    1. Rowsdower

      How would municipalizing An Garda Siochana have prevented the issues that Sgt McCabe brought forward?

  3. moroccan rug dealer

    As for Shatter dismissively stating Sgt mc Cabe’s allegations caused havoc….GROW UP. You should be more concerned that officers STITCHED UP sgt mc Cabe stating he “lost” a paedophile’s computer when he had zilch to do with it. Giving him air to spout gobblegoog is damaging to oxygen air levels.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Agreed, friend. This is a man who left Gardai protecting his home (!?) to piss on the street, rather than allow them access to his exalted ‘facilities’. We are now supposed to feel sorry for this guy, who wouldn’t offer basic sanitary facilities and/or refreshment to the people charged with protecting his life!! – which is a joke, unless some Literary Society took out a contract on him :-D

  4. Bill

    Disgusting. A Justice, SC, two senior Officers. A lot of people involved. Will anyone take responsibility for this latest mess. ?

  5. fmong

    I am utterly confused by where this story is going.. I can’t get to grips with what’s happening in between everyones clamouring to show how vindicated they are.. “needless to say, I had the last laugh” – Alan Partridge

    1. Kolmo

      Proved Innocent of any wrongdoing by obfuscation.
      Murkier than the engine room of the Titanic.

  6. Truth in the News

    What about the files in Balieborough that could not be located until the Inquiry
    nearly wound up. who at a senior level knew where they were all the time.
    Its time Noirin got her P 45 too along with a good few more…..what other files
    are missing and can’t be located.

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