‘Dealings With Tusla And Other Garda Whistleblowers’


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Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly in the Dáil yesterday

Earlier today.

Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly spoke with Michael Reade on Louth-based LMFM.

In the course of the interview, Ms Daly said the following:

“I suppose, it’s worth saying, there have been other dealings with Tusla in relation to other Garda whistleblowers as well, that we know of…”


UPDATE: Second garda whistleblower says senior officer behind another Tusla referral (Katie Hannon, RTE)



Readers may recall how the terms of reference of Justice Peter Charleton’s commission of investigation into allegations of a smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe were published earlier this week.

And that one of the terms of reference calls for the investigation to find out if “Commissioner [Noirin] O’Sullivan, using briefing material prepared in Garda headquarters, planned and orchestrated broadcasts on RTE on the 9th of May, 2016, purporting to be a leaked account of the unpublished O’Higgins Commission Report, in which Sgt McCabe was branded a liar and irresponsible”.

This was in reference to an interview between RTE journalist Fran McNulty and RTE’s Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds on Morning Ireland on the morning of Monday, May 9, 2016 – about the then as yet unpublished O’Higgins report.

The O’Higgins report wasn’t published until Tuesday, May 11, 2016.

Mr Reade also asked Ms Daly about what she said in the Dáil yesterday, concerning the inclusion of this report in the terms of reference.

Ms Daly told the Dáil yesterday:

I welcome some of the other terms of reference. I am delighted to see RTE included, because I actually made a complaint about that broadcast. RTE wrote back to me and gave out about the personal nature of my complaints and their hostile tone. It claimed they were without foundation and would be defamatory if I repeated them to a third party.

During the LMFM interview…

Michael Reade: “You told the Dáil yesterday that you made a complaint about the broadcast to RTE. RTE wrote back to you and gave out about the personal nature of your complaints and the hostile tone and I know that because I saw you saying that on RTE News last night. But that’s where the report stopped. And what I didn’t see on the news was what you went on to say, which was that, RTE claimed, that what you were saying was without foundation and would be defamatory if you repeated it to a third party. Was RTE threatening to sue you?

Clare Daly: “No, I don’t think so. I think they were objecting strongly or the person from RTE who wrote it, like, was saying that, you know, if I was to repeat what I said in the complaint to a third party, it might be construed as defamatory which was just utterly ridiculous, as far as I was concerned. It was in the context of the news report and coverage and the complaint had been about the coverage by Paul Reynolds and, basically, the person who wrote back from RTE was making that remark to me, in the context of defending Paul Reynolds, telling me what a wonderful journalist he was and how he knew him well and…”

Reade: “But to say it’s defamatory,..”

Daly: “Yeah, I know.”

Reade: “…is that not suggesting you were making libellous statements which means they could choose to sue you?”

Daly: “Yeah, I mean, look it, I thought the choice of words was incredible and, as I was saying in the Dail, I was really glad that Justice O’Neill had included that coverage because a lot of people took exception to it, it was incredibly one-sided and it gave a very inaccurate account of what was actually in the O’Higgins’ report which is why we put in the complaint at the time…”

Listen back to the interview on LMFM in full here

Thanks Eamonn

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22 thoughts on “‘Dealings With Tusla And Other Garda Whistleblowers’

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Herself and Mick Wallace have done this country more service in a few years than Fine Gael, Fine Fail or Labour hade done in three generations. Them and Catherine Murphy

      Maurice McCabe is a hero. They tried to break him. They tried to break his family. I’m disgusted. I hope that Maurice is aware of the 100% support that is ordinary people have for him and his family.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      What’s this ‘Rabble’ you constantly bang on about – and why are you so obsessed with it?

  1. Green fingered

    Maurice McCabe should have been allowed retire early with a full pension after the first round of poo he was put through. Now I guess he’ll just have to wait for the huge award he’ll get when he sue TUSLA, not that any amount of money can make up for how he has been treat by the establishment in this country. Screw a Commission of Inquiry this is surely a criminal matter at this stage.

    1. Anne


      I want to see arrests made for these false allegations and an orchestrated smear campaign..you can’t do this to a man and be seen to get away with it scott free.

      Rotten to the core.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Not just arrests, but arrests of the highest ranking people involved. Right to the top it looks like. And Taylor, the senior Garda that blew the whistle on the leaks to the press is being investigated by none other than O’Sullivans recently-promoted (by her) HUSBAND. Stinking, rotten excuse of a country this is with Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and their appointees causing mayhem.

  2. Jocky

    If there was an attempt at a smear then it appears to be a low level person who was seeking revenge. Senior management could only take their claims at face value and should not be implicated,

    1. Sam

      This is the cops you’re talking about… the people who keep tabs on people… and who are no strangers to the idea of people telling lies. (and no strangers to lying on their own behalf either). You think O’Sullivan got to be Director of Operations without knowing the internal politics and tactics of AGS?

  3. Rugbyfan

    should FF get back into power I would like to see Clare Day get in to govt with them. She would keep them honest!

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