[Attorney general Maire Whelan]
In January 2013 Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe wrote to the Attorney General Maire Whelan to relay his concerns about the penalty points issue.
“I am a public servant. I need to forward an email to your office but I need to be sure that it will remain private and confidential before I can send it.”
He was assured that his correspondence would be “handled in strict confidence” and he forwarded his allegations.
The Attorney-General’s office did not inform Sgt McCabe that they had earlier provided legal advice to the Gardai over the penalty points issue.
They then forwarded Sgt McCabe’s letter – despite his protests – to then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and justice minister Alan Shatter because the claims were “of such a serious nature”.
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