Responding to the publication of the third Interim report from the Disclosures Tribunal, Fianna Fáil Justice and Equality Spokesperson, Jim O’Callaghan TD said, “I would like to thank Mr. Justice Charleton for producing such a comprehensive report. There are serious findings contained within it.
“It is extremely troubling that the report contains a finding that a former Garda Commissioner engaged in a false and vicious attack upon the character and good name of Sergeant McCabe. The report notes that Sergeant McCabe was “repulsively denigrated”. Sergeant McCabe is owed an apology by the State for the defamatory statements made about him by the former Garda Commissioner.
“It is also worth noting that the very serious allegations made by Superintendent Taylor have been rejected by the Tribunal. He is the second whistleblower who has had his allegations of wrongdoing unceremoniously rejected by Mr Justice Charleton.
“Furthermore, it is clear that superintendent Taylor was part of the campaign of what the report describes as “calumny” waged against Sergeant McCabe.
“The report also notes that the creation of the Tusla file on Sergeant McCabe arose through an unbelievable coincidence and that despite its bizarre nature it was a genuine mistake. However, there also was “shocking administrative incompetence” within Tusla and there were legitimate reasons for Sergeant McCabe and the people of Ireland to suspect that this file was generated to damage Sergeant McCabe.
“The report also reaches a finding that no allegation of sexual abuse was used against Sergeant McCabe at the Commission of Investigation conducted by Mr Justice O’Higgins. Nonetheless, it notes that mistakes were made and the full transcript of the questioning of Sergeant McCabe contained within the report is very revealing.
“The report supports the evidence given by former Minister Frances Fitzgerald that she believed it was correct to do nothing in response to the memo she received from a senior civil servant in her Department on May 15th 2015.
“Although former Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald is entitled to point to today’s findings, it is important acknowledge that no finding of the Tribunal can change the fact that last November Fianna Fail, and indeed the majority of Dáil Éireann, had lost confidence in her position.
“This was in part because of inaccurate statements made by the Taoiseach on her behalf in Dáil Éireann on the 14th, 15th and 21st of November 2017.
“Government Ministers are accountable to Dáil Éireann for statements made in the Dáil,” he concluded.