The Taoiseach and the Governments coalition partners stood by the Minister for Justice, through thick and thin but yesterday afternoon Alan Shatter stepped down after months of relentless pressure. In the next hour Taoiseach Enda Kenny will name the Minister’s successor and we will keep you posted on this. Alan Shatter tendered his resignation after receiving a 300 page copy of a report by senior council Sean Guerin into serious allegations of Garda wrong doing by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Sean was joined by Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin
The Garda whistleblower Sgt. Maurice McCabe is denying that the Garda Commissioner wrote to him with an order to co-operate with a Garda investigation into the cancellation of penalty points. And he hit back at media reports quoting Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan as “gravely misleading and false”. In a statement ,which puts him directly at odds with Commissioner Callinan, Sgt.McCabe said “ I was never directed by the Commissioner to co-operate with the investigation as alleged”. Joining Sean was Michael Clifford of the Irish Examiner
Another week has begun and the garda whistleblowing controversy shows no signs of abating with the Irish Times revealing today that garda sergeant Maurice McCabe first approached the authorities with his concerns back in 2008. Meanwhile, Fianna Fail has described the assertion by Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore that the dossier handed over by Micheal Martin to the Taoiseach was “incomplete” as a “red herring”. Joining Sean was Harry McGee, political correspondent of the Irish Times.
The political heat is on Minister Justice Alan Shatter over his handling of the Garda whistle-blower affair and claims that he ignored serious claims of Garda malpractice. Fianna Fail has claimed the whistle-blower, Garda Maurice McCabe had raised his concerns two years ago but these “ran into the sand”. The dossier of claims relate to cases of murder, abduction and assault. Minister Shatter told the Dail in October that the two Gardai Maurice McCabe and John Wilson had refused to co-operate with an internal Garda inquiry into the cancellation of penalty points. FF leader Micheal Martin says McCabe is owed ...