A TRIBUNAL investigating allegations senior gardaí orchestrated a smear campaign against gardaí whistleblower Maurice McCabe has found top officers had a plan to spread false sex claims about him.
The Disclosure Tribunal found former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan was part of a “campaign of calumny” against Sergeant McCabe. It said he was actively aided by his former press officer Superintendent David Taylor. Sgt McCabe (pictured below) had accused the Irish police force of malpractice, including the quashing of penalty points and later made a complaint against Mr Callinan.
The tribunal said it was convinced Supt Taylor “pursued a scheme that somehow evolved out of his cheeck-by-jowl” working relationship with Mr Callinan. The report found Sgt McCabe was a “genuine person” who at all times has “had the interests of the people of Ireland uppermost in his mind”. It found he regarded those interests as ” superior to any loyalty” which he had to the Garda.
The Disclosures Tribunal investigated allegations that Garda chiefs orchestrated a smear campaign including false historic sex abuse claimes against Sgt McCabe. Superintendent David Taylor, (pictured below), who worked for the press office between 2012 and 2014, had claimed he was ordered by Mr Callinan to negatively brief journalists about Sgt McCabe. The report said it did not accept Supt Taylor’s evidence that he was given specific instructions by Mr Callinan to spread the false sex allegations.
It was also said Supt Taylor’s “credibility was completely undermined by his own bitterness”. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, a former senior PSNI and RUC officer, said the report made for ” difficult reading”.
Top gardaí hatched plan to plant false sex abuse claimes on whistlebower
“Given the significance and scale of the report, I will be establishing a group to examine Mr Justice Charleston’s findings from policy process, discipline and cultural perspectives to identity the lessons to be learnt and changes to be made,” he said.
With many thanks to: Cate McCurry and The Irish News for the original story.