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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #210 on: December 08, 2017, 08:35:00 PM »
I presume those figures might make FF shelve any notions of pulling the plug for another while.
Mind you they seem to be full steam ahead in candidate selection.
Half the FFrs in Roscommon seem to be lining up to dump poor oul Eugene.
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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #211 on: December 08, 2017, 09:19:39 PM »
I presume those figures might make FF shelve any notions of pulling the plug for another while.
Mind you they seem to be full steam ahead in candidate selection.
Half the FFrs in Roscommon seem to be lining up to dump poor oul Eugene.

Murphy is a bit of an eejit but a harmless one. The likes of Connaughton and the Doherties are pure opportunistic animals that would sell the county down the river to please their bosses faster than you could say Frank Feighan.

Unless FG come up with a candidate better than Maura Hopkins the best result here is the same three lads being returned again.

Lord help Sligo hospital if Feighan gets elected in Sligo-Leitrim.
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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #212 on: April 13, 2018, 07:39:41 PM »
Truly remarkable the whistleblowers have been able to get some resemblance of the truth out into the public with all they had to endure.

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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #213 on: June 26, 2018, 09:21:08 PM »
New Garda Commissioner Drew Harris😳

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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #215 on: June 28, 2018, 02:39:50 AM »
Putting an RUC man in charge of the Gardai. Hands across the divide.

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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #217 on: October 11, 2018, 01:51:10 PM »
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/disclosures-tribunal-report-published-maurice-mccabe-was-repulsively-denigrated-for-being-no-more-than-a-good-citizen-37408610.html

Disclosures Tribunal report published: Maurice McCabe 'was repulsively denigrated for being no more than a good citizen'
Martin Callinan and Supt Dave Taylor 'ran campaign' against whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe - report
Scheme 'somehow evolved out of his cheek-by-jowl working relationship' Supt Taylor enjoyed with Mr Callinan
'Sergeant Maurice McCabe, and who exemplified hard work in his own calling, was repulsively denigrated for being no more than a good citizen and police officer' - judge
Sgt McCabe 'had the interests of the people of Ireland uppermost in his mind' - judge
Judge concludes separate conversations between Mr Callinan and former PAC chairman John McGuinness and Comptroller & Auditor General Seamus McCarthy happened
Judge finds evidence of Fine Gael TD John Deasy and RTÉ journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes was also correct
Justice Minister thanks Judge Charleton for his investigation, highlights his remarks about McCabe 'doing the State considerable service'


October 11 2018 12:43 PM

 
The Disclosures Tribunal has found former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and former Garda press officer Supt Dave Taylor had a plan to spread a historic sexual abuse allegation about whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

In its third interim report, tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton said the scheme "somehow evolved out of his cheek-by-jowl working relationship" Supt Taylor enjoyed with Mr Callinan.

Some of the players in the controversy include, from left, former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, her predecessor Martin Callinan, Superintendent David Taylor, Sergeant Maurice McCabe, former Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, former justice minister Alan Shatter, Children and Youth Affairs Minister Katherine Zappone3
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Some of the players in the controversy include, from left, former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, her predecessor Martin Callinan, Superintendent David Taylor, Sergeant Maurice McCabe, former Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, former justice minister Alan Shatter, Children and Youth Affairs Minister Katherine Zappone
The judge found there was "no credible evidence" then-deputy commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan played any hand, act or part in any campaign conducted by Mr Callinan and Supt Taylor.

The judge found; "Sergeant Maurice McCabe, and who exemplified hard work in his own calling, was repulsively denigrated for being no more than a good citizen and police officer."

He also said Sgt McCabe was "a genuine person who at all times has had the interests of the people of Ireland uppermost in his mind".

In findings in relation to Mr Callinan and Supt Taylor, the judge said: "Their plan was that there was to be much nodding and winking and references to a historic claim of sexual abuse while, at the same time, saying that the Director of Public Prosecutions had ruled that even if the central allegation did not have credibility issues, what was described did not amount to an offence of sexual assault or even an assault."

Supt Dave Taylor, then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and then deputy commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan attend a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee in 2013. Photo: Damien Eagers3
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Supt Dave Taylor, then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and then deputy commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan attend a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee in 2013. Photo: Damien Eagers
Mr Justice Charleton also concluded that conversations between Mr Callinan and former Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness took place as described by the Fianna Fáil TD.

Mr McGuinness testified that Mr Callinan told him following a meeting of the PAC in 2014 that Sgt McCabe "fiddles with kids".

In a later conversation in a hotel car park, the TD said Mr Callinan told him Sgt McCabe had sexually abused his family and an individual and that he was not to be trusted.

The judge also concluded that a conversation Mr Callinan had with the Comptroller & Auditor General Seamus McCarthy before a PAC meeting was as described by Mr McCarthy.

Mr McCarthy said Mr Callinan told him Sgt McCabe was not to be trusted, that he had questions to answer and that there were sexual offence allegations against him.


Mr Justice Charleton also found RTE journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes was telling the truth about an encounter in December 2013 he had with Mr Callinan and that the former commissioner and Supt Taylor were not telling the truth.

During this encounter, the journalist alleged Mr Callinan told him Sgt McCabe had "psychiatric issues" and had been involved in "the worst possible kind of things".

The judge found the evidence of Fine Gael TD John Deasy was also correct.

Mr Deasy told the tribunal Mr Callinan told him Sgt McCabe was "not to be believed or trusted with anything".

Mr Callinan had disputed the accounts given by the two TDs, Mr McCarthy and Mr Boucher-Hayes.

A protected disclosure from Supt Taylor formed the basis of much of what the tribunal investigated over the past year.

In it, Supt Taylor alleged he was instructed or directed by Mr Callinan and Ms O’Sullivan to negatively brief members of the media about Sgt McCabe.

In particular, he claimed he was told to brief that Sgt McCabe was motivated by malice and revenge, driven by agendas, and that his complaints had been investigated and found to be without substance.

The tribunal also investigated the allegation made by Supt Taylor that he was directed to draw journalists’ attention to an allegation of child sexual assault, made by a woman known as Ms D, against Sgt McCabe, a matter which was fully investigated with the DPP concluding in 2007 that no offence was described.

It was alleged Supt Taylor told journalists this was the root cause of his agenda, namely revenge against the gardaí.

In his findings, Mr Justice Charleton said there was "no credible evidence" Ms O’Sullivan had any part in the campaign against Sgt McCabe.

He also said the truth was that Supt Taylor "completely understated his own involvement in a campaign of calumny" against Sgt McCabe.

The judge said Supt Taylor claimed, for the first time, while giving evidence to the tribunal that he was acting under orders.

"That was not the case. The tribunal is convinced that he pursued a scheme that somehow evolved out of his cheek-by-jowl working relationship with commissioner Callinan," he said.

"Supt David Taylor supplied a list of nine journalists to the tribunal whom he claimed were negatively briefed by him against Maurice McCabe.

"The tribunal is not convinced that any of those journalists were ever egged on in publishing negative stories about Maurice McCabe or even in thinking less of him.

"The two journalists not named among those nine, Debbie McCann and Eavan Murray, were, however, like Cathal McMahon, another journalist nominated by Supt David Taylor in the dying days of evidence before the tribunal, encouraged to seek out Ms D and to publish a negative story about Maurice McCabe in relation to her allegation."

The tribunal also examined whether Ms O’Sullivan influenced or attempted to influence broadcasts on RTÉ in May 2016 of the leaked findings of the O’Higgins Commission.

This commission examined concerns raised by the Sgt McCabe about policing in the Cavan/Monaghan district.

Mr Justice Charleton found that the reporter involved, RTÉ crime correspondent Paul Reynolds was not acting on the directions of anyone at Garda Headquarters.

"What Paul Reynolds did was honest.

"He was not under the directions of Garda Headquarters and he went about his job as an intelligent and independent reporter. In no sense was he a tool of the higher echelons of Garda Headquarters," the judge found.

Mr Justice Charleton said there could be no criticism of a reference in Mr Reynolds’ report to an untruth told by Sgt McCabe to the O’Higgins Commission.

He also found that a reference in one of his terms of reference, to Sgt McCabe being branded irresponsible, was inaccurate.

In the report, Mr Justice Charleton said Sgt McCabe was "a genuine person who at all times has had the interests of the people of Ireland uppermost in his mind".

The judge said Sgt McCabe had "done the State considerable service" in bringing matters within the force to the attention of the wider public.

"He has done so not out of a desire to inflate his public profile, but out of a legitimate drive to ensure that the national police force serves the people through hard work and diligence," the judge said.

"He is an exemplar of that kind of attitude. Notwithstanding everything that happened to him, he remains an officer of exemplary character and has shown himself in giving evidence to the tribunal as being a person of admirable fortitude."

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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #218 on: October 11, 2018, 04:24:06 PM »
On another matter Denisheen Naughten  has resigned as Minister for Communications etc etc.
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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #219 on: October 11, 2018, 11:52:34 PM »
Syferus wrote ""Murphy is a bit of an eejit but a harmless one. The likes of Connaughton and the Doherties are pure opportunistic animals that would sell the county down the river to please their bosses faster than you could say Frank Feighan.

Unless FG come up with a candidate better than Maura Hopkins the best result here is the same three lads being returned again.

Lord help Sligo hospital if Feighan gets elected in Sligo-Leitrim.""

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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #220 on: October 12, 2018, 10:38:04 AM »
Are there any separate charges being brought against Callinan & Taylor?  What they did to Maurice McCabe is absolutely shocking! 

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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #221 on: October 12, 2018, 10:41:21 AM »
Are there any separate charges being brought against Callinan & Taylor?  What they did to Maurice McCabe is absolutely shocking!

There definitely should be, an absolute disgrace!
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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #222 on: October 12, 2018, 11:26:34 AM »
I'd imagine a civil case would be open and shut. Unfortunately Callinan and Taylor probably don't have much in the way of assets. I don't know if the law allows the seizure of a comfortable principal private residence in Castleknock in settlement of a civil finding of defamation.
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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #223 on: October 12, 2018, 11:27:00 AM »
Are there any separate charges being brought against Callinan & Taylor?  What they did to Maurice McCabe is absolutely shocking!

There definitely should be, an absolute disgrace!

Jail time is required. Much of it.
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Re: The Minister, the Commissioner and the whistleblower
« Reply #224 on: October 12, 2018, 11:45:52 AM »
Drew Harris might want to make a statement and go after the two of them in so far as he can

Strange that Wallace or Daly haven't been out to apologise to Fitzgerald for hounding her out of her job
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