Readers will recall how the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation, led by Judge Kevin O’Higgins, looked into allegations of malpractice made by Sgt Maurice McCabe (top).
After it was published, it emerged 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 during the commission.
However, these details weren’t included in Justice O’Higgins’ findings.
Further to this…
The Disclosures Tribunal, led by Supreme Court Judge Peter Charleton, is looking at allegations that a smear campaign was conducted against Sgt McCabe by former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan – with the knowledge of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan – as alleged by the former head of the Garda Press Office, Superintendent David Taylor.
Michael Clifford, in this morning’s Irish Examiner,reported that the head of HR in An Garda Siochana John Barrett has told the Disclosures Tribunal that a member of Garda management told him that they were “going after” Sgt Maurice McCabe in the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation.
It’s reported this occurred before the O’Higgins Commission started in 2015.
In an interview earlier today for Eamon Dunphy’s podcast The Stand, Mr Dunphy spoke to Mr Clifford about this claim and about the Disclosures Tribunal.
At one point they talked about the media in respect of the Disclosures Tribunal and about how some journalists have ignored letters sent to them by the tribunal. The letters were a means for the tribunal to get answers about any possible contact they had with Supt Dave Taylor in respect of Sgt McCabe.
It should be noted that Supt Taylor has provided the tribunal with a waiver of any journalistic privilege and is not claiming privilege over his identification as the source of any information to journalists relating to Sgt McCabe, while similar waivers have been signed by Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.
Mr Clifford said:
“The media are going to come under focus very much and, personally, I think it’ll be a good thing for the media because if there are faults within how the media operates then they’ll be aired and hopefully we’ll be able to address them in some way.”
“But 23 journalists were named the last day, at the tribunal, as having had contact with David Taylor at this time and the tribunal has indicated, there are, what you might call, varying degrees of co-operation being extended from members of the media as to whether or not they’ll help.”
They also discussed the matters pertaining to the Garda College.
From left: JP McMahon (EAT Galway), Sinead Molloy (Galway Simon Community), Triona Lillis (The Tweed Project), Olivia Collins (Food PR), Ruth Hegarty (egg & chicken Food Projects), Michelle Kavanagh (The Kitchen Café) and Aoibheann MacNamara (Ard Bia and The Tweed Project) at the launch of the Supper For Simon fundraising campaign.
Maisie Lynch writes:
A new initiative by Galway Simon Community called “Supper For Simon” is inviting people to host a Come Dine With Me-style dinner party to raise vital funds for their services.
The idea is simple; gather your friends, get cooking and ask guests to donate what they would have spent on a meal out in support of those experiencing homelessness in our community.
The meal can be whatever you make it – a candle-lit evening in the comfort of your own home with a few close friends; a potluck party with colleagues at the office; or a garden barbecue with neighbours.
To host your Supper, visit here to sign up and unlock your free toolkit which includes invites, recipes created by the Supper For Simon chef-ambassadors, hosting tips and more
. The charity is encouraging participants to share their photographs and stories on social media using #SupperForSimon to help promote the campaign. For more information call Amy on 091 381828.
The legendary punk rock character Jock McDonald comes back home with his band of Europeans.
Legendary gig promoter & record company owner, Elvera Butler will give a brief talk about bringing punk acts over to Ireland back in the ’70s & early ’80s amongt them The Buzzcocks, The Stranglers & Jock’s original band The 4b2s to Trinity College..
Johnny Rotten came ‘home’ to see his brother Jimmy perform and ended up being sentenced to 3 months in Mountjoy. More innocent times!
The Bollocks brothers at The Grand Social at 8pm sharp.
Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane returned the verdict of death by misadventure in respect of Malak Thawley, a US citizen living in Blackrock, Co Dublin.
Malak was seven weeks’ pregnant when she died, aged 35, at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin on May 8, 2016.
The cause of death was a tear in the abdominal aorta during the course of surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.
This morning, Caoimhe Haughey – solicitor for Malak’s husband Alan – spoke to Cormac Ó hEadhra who was filling in for Seán O’Rourke on the Today with Seán O’Rourke show.
Towards the end of the interview, after Ms Haughey explained what happened before Malak’s death and the findings of the inquest, Mr Ó hEadhra and Ms Haughey had the following exchange:
Cormac Ó hEadhra: “Can I read for you, if you don’t mind Caoimhe Haughey, it’s a statement we have from Holles Street Hospital?”
Caoimhe Haughey: “Yes.”
Ó hEadhra: “They say our thoughts are very much with Mr Alan Thawley on this difficult day. We acknowledge the terrible loss he has suffered and the pain and grief he has endured since the death of his wife while in our care. Once again, we take the opportunity to unreservedly apologise for the shortcomings in our care that led to Malak’s death. From the outset we have fully accepted our liability in this case. Mr Thawley has suffered a most devastating loss, they say, and there is one or two more lines: we have conducted a robust, internal review which began the day after Mrs Thawley’s death. We know that nothing can bring Malak back. However, we are determined to continue to implement all that we have learned from this investigation in our clinical practice. Our primary concern today is for the late Mrs Thawley’s husband and family. We would like to thank the coroner, they say for the thorough manner in which she has conducted this inquest and we sincerely hope that the proceedings will have gone some way towards answering the questions the family of the late Mrs Thawley have.”
Haughey: “Well, just two points there that I’d like to address: in the first instance, it is not correct to say that the hospital acknowledged from the outset the shortcomings. There was an internal review that went on for a number of months. Mr Thawley was repeatedly asked to participate and we made it very clear that he just was not in a position to do so. We had to fight tooth and nail to get some form of reasonable, respectful apology. And it took a number of months. The first apology we received was written on headed notepaper from a solicitor’s office with no personal sentiment whatsoever.”
Ó hEadhra: “I’m led to believe that, in terms of the communication, Alan Thawley was given the mobile, the personal mobile number of the Master of the hospital and also that the hospital did admit liability from the very start?”
Haughey: “There is, yes, that is correct that the Master of the hospital did offer support to Mr Thawley but it was within hours of him being told the most devastating news. So he just wasn’t in a position to process anything at that point. No, it is not correct that the hospital admitted liability from the outset. Absolutely not. And I want to make that very clear.”
Ó hEadhra: “Ok, that’s their side of it I think but you contest that. Ok, well it’s an absolutely devastating tragedy for all concerned. Of course absolutely and most for Mr Thawley, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Alan Thawley on the passing of his wife. Caoimhe Haughey, his solicitor, thank you…”
Further to coverage of shamefully derelict properties in Phibsboro & and efforts to put people living in them – this (above) has suddenly happened.
It looks like this Common Interest Communities Ltd company are invoking squatters’ rights on these properties (does the Adverse Possession Act’s clock start now, or could it have started 12 years ago?).
A little research on CIC show they are a UK & Miami Company – a recently resigned director in hot water with the FBI, some directorship formerly connected to Ely Properties (Liquidation) here….
Your readership might have an idea as to whether this is a good thing or not?