Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins TD has welcomed the apparent vindication of the Garda whistleblowers in tonight’s leaked Garda Inspectorate Report into the penalty point controversy. He criticised the fact however that selected sections of the report had been leaked ahead of its presentation to Cabinet.
Deputy Collins commented, “It would appear from the initial reports that the whistleblowers at the centre of recent controversies have been vindicated. That is to be welcomed. If this is the case, it will put Minister Shatter’s decision to undermine the character of Sgt Maurice McCabe in Dáil Éireann back into the spotlight and lead to renewed calls for an apology to Sgt McCabe.
“It is obviously not uncommon for Government or others to leak important reports to the media, but given the scale of the controversy surrounding this particular issue and related matters over recent months, I believe that tonight’s selective leaking of the Garda Inspectorate Report is a retrograde step.
“Once again, on an important issue of public order, Alan Shatter and the Government’s first priority is news management and trying to maintain control of headlines. I look forward to publication of the full report tomorrow when I hope to give a comprehensive response.”