The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan appeared yesterday at the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions surrounding allegations by two whistle blowers retired Garda John Wilson and Sargeant Maurice McCabe around the alleged wiping of penalty points by 200 senior members of the force. The Garda Commissioner speaking at the Public Accounts Committee said that he found the allegations “quite disgusting”. Sergeant Maurice McCabe has been invited to give evidence to the committee next Thursday and Garda John Wilson has indicated he also wants to appear. However the Garda Commissioner has indicated that he may try to block such an appearance. ...
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has appeared before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee this morning. Members of the Committee were interested in the cancellation of fixed –penalty notices. Evidence already presented to the committee suggests that the Exchequer was at one point losing up to €100,000 a month due to notices having been cancelled in an inappropriate manner. Micheal Lehane of our political staff has been watching the Committee.
The Dail Public Accounts Committee has been busy in recent weeks and this morning the fine tooth comb is out again probing allegations that penalty points were improperly cancelled by senior Garda officers. The PAC is armed with information and boxes of files from two Garda whistleblowers , who claim that penalty points are routinely cancelled. Joining Sean was John Mooney, Crime Correspondent of the Sunday Times.
The HSE has raised new concerns about the pension arrangements of Paul Kiely, the former Chief Executive of the Central Remedial Clinic. In a letter to the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee the HSE’s director general Tony O’Brien writes that ‘payments to Mr Kiely could not have been made by the CRC without funds received from the friends and supporters of the CRC’. Meanwhile Brian Conlan, Paul Kiely’s successor as CEO of the CRC, has been discussing salary top-up payments with the Dail Public Accounts Committee this morning Irish Times Industry correspondent Martin Wall has been following this morning’s proceedings.