‘Not A Scintilla Of Evidence To Support Any Allegation Of Corruption’



Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and former Justice Minister Alan Shatter

Further to the O’Higgins Commission’s report being handed to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald yesterday, which hasn’t been published yet…

RTÉ reports:

The O’Higgins Commission of Inquiry has found that former minister for justice Alan Shatter took allegations of garda whistleblowers very seriously.

The unpublished report said he had very substantial concerns and had displayed active and personal concern.

Given that most of the allegations had been examined or were previously reviewed, the actions of the then minister were amply justified, it believes.

In relation to the former garda commissioner, Martin Callinan, the report states that clearly and unambiguously there was not a scintilla of evidence to support any allegation of any type of corruption.

The commission found that any aspersions on his integrity were unfounded and deeply hurtful.

It also said that exchanges between the garda commissioner, the justice minister and the Department of Justice were at all times professional and appropriate.

The O’Higgins Commission of Inquiry also found that garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe acted out of genuine and legitimate concerns.

It concluded the garda sergeant showed courage and performed a public service at considerable personal cost.

Report finds Shatter took garda whistleblower allegations very seriously (RTE)


51 thoughts on “‘Not A Scintilla Of Evidence To Support Any Allegation Of Corruption’

  1. Vote Rep #1

    So now the question, is this a whitewash or was everyone quick to point to finger without any actual proof?

    1. Harry Molloy

      people will believe what they want to regardless of evidence. who are we to question the justification of their outrage and vilifications!

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        Use capital letters please.

        I’m sure I’m not they only one whom gets annoyed at what the way you write like you do in the way that you did and are you maybe too lazy or don’t care and could be doing it on purpose anyway to annoy me and people like me who don’t like it too like me.

        It would be nice if you didn’t do that and did do what I’m asking you not to do.
        Do it, please.

        1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

          no offense harry you know me im only messing with your ma
          d idea of whats acceptable as proper punctuation.

          1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

            You were supposed to be here 12 hours ago to let me get some sleep.
            Where were you?

  2. Clampers Outside!

    “The commission found that any aspersions on his integrity were unfounded and deeply hurtful.”

    Fupp that, the man broke the rules of his office and divulged information on another TD for political gain.

    He has no integrity to speak of.

    1. classter

      He f***ed up there, it is true.

      In other ways, however, he has showed an awful lot more integrity than most of his time-serving predecessors.

      A calmer, less abrasive approach & sadly, less attempts to reform the legal profession & he would still be in office.

      1. Harry Molloy


        he was actually an excellent and progressive minister for justice, barr the Mick Wallace thing. but unfortunately he was incredibly unlikable

    1. ahjayzis

      Agreed. Has no place in a judicial report. Next it’ll be poor Shatter breaking out in hives due to stress. Irrelevant.

      This kind of stinks. If both the guards and the government did everything right and took whistle-blowing seriously, and Maurice McCabe did the right thing when he went about whistle-blowing – what the hell went wrong? The guy was pilloried and hounded for it.

  3. nellyb

    “In relation to the former garda commissioner, Martin Callinan, the report states that clearly and unambiguously there was not a scintilla of evidence to support any allegation of any type of corruption.”
    Callinan for Taoiseach!

    1. Delacaravanio

      It’s amazing that the top police officer of the State can get away with shredding six bin bags of documents and destroy a mobile phone after resigning in disgrace only to be cleared by an inquiry.

      In a functioning society where the rule of law meant something he’d have been prosecuted for destruction of evidence and perverting the course of justice.

  4. sendog

    Interesting how it hasnt been realised yet but RTE have seen it.
    maybe Crime Correspondent Detective inspector Paul Reynolds can explain the leaking of a confidential report.

  5. Elizabeth Mainwaring

    Trevor from the tennis club says the Law Library took over Patrick Guilbauds for a whole weekend when poor Mr Shatter resigned. Apparently they almost ran out of Montrachet. Just imagine!

  6. Gordon

    Martin Callinan called whistleblowers ‘disgusting’ and was backed up by Alan Shatter and Enda Kenny – WHITE WASH

  7. Paddy

    So, will Noirin launch an investigation into how RTE has got its hands on an unpublished report? Will she ask Reynolds for his 12 phones?
    If the wording is correct, then it is worded in a way to make McCabe look like a little boy (that he was a good boy for reporting the abuses, but they were not so important really) and worded in a way to get callinan and Shatter off the hook. Facts are facts though. Who appointed this fellow – Enda Kenny? Oh!

    1. Kieran NYC

      “Is this him?”

      What do you care? You’re more than happy to throw out random smears on the internet either way.

    2. Anne

      I think the other fella I mentioned earlier is the nephew, or the brother or the cousin or something..


      So where did it all start for the South Dublin man whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather went by the moniker Thomas F O’Higgins? The first question has to be why he himself was not christened ‘Thomas F’?

      “The simple reason is because I was beaten to it by my eldest brother!” Coming fifth in a family of seven children, he ended up being called after his uncle Kevin. “My father was his godson, I think.”

      He had a lot to live up to, given the O’Higgins’ legal and political heritage. Kevin’s father Tom was a stalwart in Fine Gael, a barrister and judge who subsequently became Chief Justice and a judge of the European Court in Luxembourg – as well as being a candidate in the 1966 and 1973 presidential elections.

      Delete if irrelevant.. sorry..

  8. Mairead

    Keep copy and pasting Anne, you’ll get there in the end…..or maybe Spanx will……

    +1000 was for Kieran’s 8.07pm comment obviously

  9. Truth in the News

    This looks like the “Blueshirt’s doing a Whitewash”, we need to address what did
    Shatter do about the allegations, and it was never inferred or alleged that Martin
    Callinan was “corrupt”, what need’s be to established, what actions both indivduals took when they were made aware of the matters Sgt Maurice McCabe raised, in effect were the penalty points restored where they were cancelled, then there is the Callinan comment uttered at a Dail Committee…”of disgusting”….was there ever a retraction or an apolgy, and the person seated beside Callinan, was Noirin.

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