A second garda whistleblower has demanded that his case be included in the public inquiry announced by the Government.

Keith Harrison says that like Sergeant Maurice McCabe, he also was the subject of a referral to Tusla, the child and family agency, over abuse allegations that were later found to be untrue.

Garda Harrison’s solicitor told RTÉ tonight that his client was the subject of a referral to Tusla but no evidence of abuse was found.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Prime Time, Trevor Collins said Garda Harrison and his partner were invited to a meeting with Tusla and were told they were the subject of allegations but following their investigation had no case to answer.

He said it was a very distressing incident for the two as they felt there were people watching them.

Mr Collins said Garda Harrison felt there was an effort to smear him, to undermine him and attack his very essence as a person

He said Garda Harrison and his partner have been put through a very traumatic experience and want truth and justice.

Any inquiry that did not include all whistleblowers who have been through similar experiences would have no credibility, he said.

In a statement earlier this evening, Garda Harrison, who is based in Donegal, said: "Having read the heartfelt statement of the McCabe family, we share their heartache. 

"We hope the McCabe family will get the truth and justice they deserve.  We too feel that we deserve the truth and justice in our case.

"It is clear to us that the incidents contained in the disclosures of Superintendent Taylor and Sergeant McCabe are not isolated.

"I was ambitious for my career as a member of An Garda Síochána but given what has happened to me these ambitions have long passed.

"I continue to have respect and admiration for so many of my colleagues, the rank and file members of An Garda Síochána who are some of the best people I have ever met and who work in extraordinarily difficult circumstances.  However, I have no confidence in senior management of An Garda Síochána because of their treatment of whistleblowers.

"I am coming forward publicly in order to ensure that the age of a culture of management failure within An Garda Síochána with regards to their attitude to whistleblowers comes to an end.

"I did not become a whistleblower lightly, given the devastating effect it has had on our family. 

"Whistleblowers are a fundamental part of any organisation and should be encouraged and supported to do the right thing, without fear or favour, otherwise they will not come forward into the future.

"I demand that my case be included in any Inquiry/Commission of Investigation by the Government and political establishment.  We will not rest until this happens."

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, meanwhile, has told the Dáil during a debate tonight that that she would meet Garda Harrison.