By Gerard Cunningham

Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has told the Charleton tribunal that his use of the word “disgusting” before a Public Accounts Committee hearing was “isolated and misconstrued” in media reports.

The tribunal is examining allegations by former garda press officer Superintendent David Taylor that he was directed by Mr Callinan to brief the media negatively on whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

In January 2014, Mr Callinan appeared before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, and was questioned about the penalty points controversy.

Tribunal barrister Patrick Marrinan SC said that “the use of the word disgusting caused a media storm. You were put under ….read more

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Martin Callinan

Callinan tells tribunal he “never sought to discredit” McCabe


(Pictured: Former Commissioner of the Garda Siochana Martin Callinan. Credit: Collins)

By Gerard Cunningham

Former garda commissioner Martin Callinan has told the Charleton tribunal today that he never sought to discredit whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

Mr Callinan also said that he did not seek to undermine the Public Accounts Committee when he met with chairman John McGuinness TD in a hotel car park the day after he appeared at a hearing to answer questions about the penalty points scandal.

The tribunal is examining allegations by former garda press officer Superintendent David Taylor that he was directed by Mr Callinan to brief the media negatively ….read more

Jury room

€2.2m tiger kidnap trial jury to continue deliberating next week

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The jury in the trial of four men accused of taking part in a €2.28 million cash-in-transit robbery and tiger kidnap will continue deliberations after the weekend.

Mark Farrelly (47), Christopher Corcoran (70), Niall Byrne (36) and David Byrne (45) have all pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the false imprisonment of Securicor driver Paul Richardson and his family at their home at Ashcroft, Raheny, Dublin, on March 13 and 14, 2005.

Mr Farrelly of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock, Mr Corcoran of Rosedale, Raheny, Dublin, Niall Byrne of Crumlin Road Flats, Dublin and David Byrne of Old Brazil Way, ….read more

Alan Shatter

Callinan told Shatter of “sexual allegation” against McCabe, tribunal hears


(Pictured: Former justice minister Alan Shatter. Credit: Collins)

by Gerard Cunningham

Former justice minister Alan Shatter was told by garda commissioner Martin Callinan that there had been a “sexual allegation” against whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe, the Charleton tribunal was told yesterday.

Mr Shatter said that he was being “publicly pilloried” while he wanted to truly and genuinely resolve the issues” over penalty points notices, and the garda commissioner was being “demonised”.

The former minister said he was trying to understand the “erratic nature” of Sgt McCabe’s engagement, and asked the garda commissioner “Is there something in the background here?”

“His reaction was to say the ….read more

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