Maurice McCabe

Michael Clifford deconstructs an interview by the woman at the centre of the Maurice McCabe/Tusla controversy and finds that it raises more questions than it answered.

McGuinness calls for Garda Commissioner to stand aside during tribunal

A senior member of Fianna Fáil has restated his call for the Garda Commissioner to stand aside while the whistleblower tribunal is carried out.

Questions posed by Maurice McCabe remain unanswered amid the tumult

The first time Garda whistle-blower Sergeant Maurice McCabe’s concerns of serious malpractice and alleged cover-ups in the force gained public attention, former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan retired after a late-night knock on the door, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

Vigils in support of Maurice McCabe take place in front of Garda stations

The vigils are being held in front of local Garda stations around the country.

Vigils to support whistleblowers to be held this evening

Vigils in support of whistleblowers will take place around the country this evening.

Maurice McCabe and his family have paid a terrible toll for his bravery

The most ludicrous utterance from a politician about the McCabe affair this week was also the most representative, says Michael Clifford.

Tusla staff told report concerns to line managers

Tusla management has advised staff to report concerns of malpractice to their line managers or through the agency’s Protected Disclosures facility.

Logistics of Fine Gael leadership contest being examined by executive council

Fine Gael are examining plans for a 21-day national leadership campaign race which would see potential successors to Enda Kenny enter regional debates in a move strategists say would energise the party.

Maurice McCabe tribunal to also include other gardaí’s claims

The tribunal of inquiry into the alleged smear campaign against Maurice McCabe will also include the treatment of other whistleblowers.

A breakdown of the Charleton Tribunal

The Charleton Tribunal will explore the O’Higgins commission, the role of Tusla, and the alleged campaign of smearing Maurice McCabe’s good name, writes Michael Clifford.

C’est la vie as attention quickly turns to life for Fine Gael post-Kenny

The leadership battle and the deal with FF have moved centre stage, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

No easy fix for the heavily loaded layers of policing structure

It sounds impressive to appoint an international expert to examine how we do things here — particularly when we continue to be hit with policing and justice controversies and scandals.

Compromise could avoid bloody Fine Gael family war for leadership

The one question on the minds of most people in Leinster House in the last two days has been whether Enda Kenny will walk or be pushed.

Whistleblower Garda Harrison welcomes inclusion in tribunal

Latest: Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison has welcomed his inclusion into the tribunal of inquiry into the treatment of whistleblowers in the Gardaí.

Here's the sequence of Taoiseach's responses to the false sex abuse claims against McCabe

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has struggled to say what he knew about the false Tusla sex abuse claims levelled against Sgt Maurice McCabe and when, according to the Irish Examiner.

HSE refuses to explain why 'clerical error' wasn't reported as data breach

The HSE will not explain why the “clerical error” at the centre of the false Tusla sex abuse claims against whistleblower Maurice McCabe failed to be registered as a data protection breach, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith of the Irish Examiner.

Coalition crisis - Seeking stability but at what cost?

IN the first direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979, Irish voters got a chance to elect 15 MEPs. Some candidates were excellent. Others, not so much.

Tribunal to include second garda’s allegations against force

A second garda’s allegations against senior members of the force and state agencies will be included in the tribunal into the alleged smear campaign against Garda whistleblowers.

Government survives confidence vote but ministers fail to express support for Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s crumbling coalition survived an opposition attempt to remove it from power last night, despite a tirade of opposition abuse over how the Maurice McCabe scandal has seen it go from “doing nothing” to “doing harm”.

HSE refuses to explain why ‘clerical error’ wasn’t reported as data breach

The HSE will not explain why the “clerical error” at the centre of the false Tusla sex abuse claims against whistleblower Maurice McCabe failed to be registered as a data protection breach.

Enda Kenny would only have himself to blame if career ended in murky circumstances

Fear of an election on all sides has enabled the minority government to get this far but Enda Kenny’s days as Taoiseach are coming to an end, writes Daniel McConnell

‘Root and branch’ probe into gardaí, says Independence Alliance

The Independence Alliance considered pulling out of Government over the way in which the Taoiseach and other government ministers have handled the Maurice McCabe scandal.

Enda Kenny told quit or face vote of no confidence

Enda Kenny has been given days to resign as Taoiseach or he will face a motion of no confidence in his leadership early next week.

Leo Varadkar: Maurice McCabe deserves 'a full and unequivocal apology' from Govt

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar believes Sergeant Maurice McCabe is owed a “ full and unequivocal apology” from Government over his maltreatment by agencies of the State, writes Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner.

LATEST: Taoiseach offers full apology to Maurice McCabe

Latest: It is understood the Independent Alliance wants an external audit of the Gardaí in the wake of the whistleblower controversy.

LATEST: Government wins motion of confidence

Latest: The Government has just won a motion of confidence in itself in the Dáil by 57 votes to 52, with Fianna Fáil abstaining.

Paul Murphy TD: Commissioner’s husband had role

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has said the Garda Commissioner’s husband, Jim McGowan, had a role in handling text messages on the phones of Garda whistleblowers.

Handling of abuse allegation a big concern for child protection groups

Many are against waiting for a public inquiry to make answers public, writes Claire O’Sullivan

Government struggles to survive one crisis as another appears

It is in the gritty detail of difficult policy decisions that lies the ultimate test of character. In that regard, there is more going on this week than the main headlines indicate, writes Gerard Howlin

Kenny and the gang can’t quite turn the Cabinet table on scandal

Rarely has a Cabinet meeting been so anticipated, writes Daniel McConnell

Furious Alliance may see coalition collapse after Kenny’s contradictions

The Government is facing the threat of collapse as the Independent Alliance says it is “dismayed” at contradictory versions of events in the Maurice McCabe crisis.

Q&A: Commission of inquiry or tribunal

There are important differences in the various methods of investigation, writes Juno McEnroe


McCabe scandal leaves them bruised and battered

Like weary boxers, the Taoiseach and Garda commissioner are struggling to continue. There are similarities to a Garda controversy two years ago, writes Cormac O’Keeffe

Gardaí and media set for rough ride as tribunals back in town

We thought we had seen the last of costly inquiries. But a public tribunal into the McCabe scandal is the only way to go, writes Michael Clifford

The McCabe scandal - A criminal investigation is necessary

THE arrangements agreed yesterday between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his supply-and-demand colleague Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have restored a degree of stability at Leinster House. 

LATEST: Second whistleblower's solicitor confirms his client wants to be part of public inquiry

Latest: Keith Harrison's solicitor Trevor Collins has this evening confirmed his client wants to be part of any public inquiry into the whistleblower crisis.

Maurice McCabe: Nothing but a public inquiry will do

There is growing pressure for a public inquiry into an alleged orchestrated smear campaign and attacks by agencies of the State against Sgt Maurice McCabe, which the whistleblower says he and his family endured during an eight-year “nightmare”.

O’Higgins commission key to any probe regarding alleged smear against Maurice McCabe

The events of recent days have thrown into sharp relief an earlier alleged attempt to smear Sgt Maurice McCabe at the O’Higgins commisison.

Any hearing should be held in public - McCabe scandal

Walter Scott’s admonishment — “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!” — perfectly describes just one layer of the now runaway McCabe scandal.

A fact-finding mission that would have to start from scratch

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, no less, has broached the possibility of a criminal investigation resulting from the report of the Charleton commission.

Conflicting accounts from Zappone and Kenny in McCabe’s case

The Children’s Minister has given a conflicting account of when the Taoiseach first became aware that Tusla had involvement in Sgt Maurice McCabe’s case.

From 2006 to present: A timeline of events in the Maurice McCabe whistleblower crisis

From January 2006 to present, we look back at the key moments in the Maurice McCabe whistleblower crisis.

LATEST: Taoiseach confirms Zappone took 'correct course of action' in not divulging Tusla file

Latest: A spokesperson for the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has said Ms Zappone took "absolutely the correct course of action" in not revealing any of the details of the Tusla file on Seargean Maurice McCabe.

Questions keep coming as the Maurice McCabe plot thickens

More questions are cropping up all the time as the Garda whistleblower affair becomes murkier by the minute but here are a few that shouldn’t have to wait for the Charleton Commission to find the answers.

The escalating Maurice McCabe scandal: Enda Kenny’s ship is heading for the rocks

Political polling, at least the kind made public, was once thought of as a science but recent, contrary-to-predictions results have made a reappraisal of polling methodology necessary.

Michael Clifford: Cock-up or conspiracy, it’s time to come clean about Maurice McCabe claims

Without a full explanation from the HSE and gardaí about their handling of the Maurice McCabe claims, public confidence in both agencies will drain away, says Michael Clifford.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny refuses to clear up whistleblower questions

Concern over why abuse claims weren’t discussed by Cabinet.

No-confidence motion adds to whistleblower woes

The Government faces a motion of no confidence this week over the latest garda whistleblower crisis which is threatening to derail the minority government.

Criminal investigation into whistleblower smear campaign a possibility

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste are open to the idea of a criminal investigation into the whistleblower smear campaign and also to the possibility of an outside police force doing the job.

Minister knew for 6 months about second garda’s Tusla concerns

Details have emerged of another Garda whistle-blower raising concerns of how Tusla treated him and his family.

Second Garda whistleblower referred to Tusla

A garda who made complaints of malpractice says he has been subject to intimidation and harassment, including having a minor incident between him and his wife referred to Tusla, writes Michael Clifford.

Gerard Howlin: Election won’t help resolve dirty war in An Garda Síochána

Opinion polls in the welter of accusations over whistleblowers are not a reliable guide to the outcome of an ensuing election, warns Gerard Howlin.

Frances Fitzgerald throwing colleague ‘under a bus’

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald was accused of throwing a Cabinet colleague “under the bus” and of not being “credible”, after denying she had knowledge about a file on a Garda whistleblower.

Second apology to Maurice McCabe bungled by HSE

The HSE says it still wants to make a formal apology to Maurice McCabe and his family despite a bungled attempt which the McCabes rejected out of hand.

Maurice McCabe meeting deepens crisis

The crisis facing the Government over its handling of false allegations of child sex abuse against Sgt Maurice McCabe is set to deepen as Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin meets the whistleblower today.

'Gardaí right now are like the cat with 9 lives - they're up to life 14'

Latest: While a Commission of Investigation is to examine whether there was a smear campaign against Sergeant Maurice McCabe, the Government insists the Garda Commissioner has its full confidence.

Tusla ‘error’ may prove systemic issues in handling of cases, say social workers

Sergeant Maurice McCabe finds it hard to believe false claims made against him arose from an honest mistake in how the case was processed, but social work experts have not ruled out the possibility that this week’s revelations simply highlight systemic issues in how such cases are handled.

What Nóirín O’Sullivan says she didn’t know about the whistleblower scandal

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has repeatedly denied knowledge of issues at the heart of the whistleblower scandal.

Sinn Féin to table motion of no confidence in Govt after HSE 'apologises unreservedly' to McCabe

Latest:Sinn Féin have said they are to table a motion of no confidence in the Government "without delay".

Scandal thrives when probity is cast aside

EVERY scandal that damaged the trust in one public organisation after another; every exposé of snouts-in-the-trough sleaziness or the sexual abuse of children that has broken the relationship between one institution after another and the citizens of this Republic has a common theme. 

Scandals overshadow everything else for An Garda Síochána

Caroline O’Doherty details the litany of headline-grabbing incidents involving An Garda Síochána over the past number of years.

Focus on Minister Katherine Zappone over Tusla file

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is under pressure to explain why she failed to inform Cabinet colleagues about false sex abuse allegations against whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

Tusla chief executive Fred McBride with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins

Criticism never far away for Tusla - an agency dogged by legacy issues

There is a lot of goodwill towards Tusla, given its difficulties in matching its relatively modest budget with the scale of the job on its hands, but criticism never seems too far away, writes Noel Baker.

Tusla involvement in McCabe allegations ’very worrying’

Sinn Féin has expressed concern following last night’s revelations on Prime Time that Tusla sent a file containing false allegations about Sgt Maurice McCabe to local gardaí in 2013.

Latest: SF brand Tánaiste's statement 'not credible' as Zappone gives reason for not telling Cabinet

Latest:Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that this evening's statement from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in relation to her knowledge of Tusla's role in the scandal impacting Sgt Maurice McCabe is not credible.

Brendan Howlin says Dáil claims were not ‘idle chat or pub gossip’

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has hit back at critics of his Dáil claim that the Garda commissioner may have spread allegations of sexual crimes against a whistleblower, insisting it was “credible” and “not pub gossip”.

The Charleton Inquiry - Any delay in report will add to crisis

THE imperative of staunching the flow of An Garda Síochána’s haemorrhaging credibility has become a career-defining challenge for even the most secure, assured and well-supported individual. 

John McGuinness ‘shocked and horrified’ Tusla file was source of false sex offence

The former chairman of a Dáil committee that probed the Garda whistleblower affair said he was shocked and horrified to discover a Tusla file was the source of the false sex offence allegations against Sgt Maurice McCabe.

Maurice McCabe: False sex abuse claim by Tusla destroyed my family

Whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe has said a false allegation of sex abuse circulated by Tusla, the child and family agency, has destroyed his family.

Brendan Howlin’s intervention disregarded due process and fair procedure

Brendan Howlin’s allegations have done damage without being proven, writes Cormac O’Keeffe.

Maurice McCabe: Your guide to the story so far

Caroline O'Doherty answers the questions you may be asking about recent revelations in the Maurice McCabe affair.

Maurice McCabe: A host of serious questions demand to be answered

False allegations of a most grievous nature were made against Sgt Maurice McCabe, at great distress to him and his family. Serious questions must now be answered, writes Michael Clifford.

False sex allegation against McCabe circulated by Tusla following 'clerical error'

A file containing a false allegation of child sex abuse against whistleblower Maurice McCabe was sent by Tusla, the child and family agency, to gardaí and widely circulated in 2013, however no effort was made to substantiate the claim, writes the Irish Examiner's Michael Clifford.

Calls for whistleblower inquiry to be expanded to include politicians

Fianna Fail, Labour, the Green Party as well as Independent TDs have this afternoon called for the terms of the Charleton inquiry to be expanded.

Update: Sinn Féin call on Garda Commissioner to step down immediately

Update 10.40pm: Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald has called for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan to immediately step aside following the Irish Examiner revelations that she described as "unprecedented" and "quite frankly disgusting and vile".

Noirin O'Sullivan: 'I did not engage in smear campaign against whistleblower'

The Garda Commissioner says she 'refutes in the strongest terms' that she engaged in a smear campaign against a whistleblower.

Annoying, maybe, but whistleblowers provide essential service

IF Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe had been a docile, compliant and fearful member of An Garda Síochána, his complaints about malpractice within the force would never have come to light. It was his resilience, courage and, above all, his turbulent persistence that assured his observations gained the oxygen of publicity required to expose shortcomings within the organisation.

Black rumour and gossip could damage An Garda Síochána

Unless everything is a ball of smoke, then it’s not just the upper echelons of An Garda Síochána that will be damaged by Judge Charleton’s inquiry, writes Michael Clifford

Brendan Howlin places Garda Commissioner at centre stage

The Taoiseach is standing by Nóirín O’Sullivan, saying there has been no finding of wrongdoing against her, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

Fianna Fáil back Garda Commissioner amid latest whistleblower claims

Fianna Fáil have backed Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan amid fresh allegations she led a campaign to undermine garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

EXCLUSIVE: False sex allegation against McCabe circulated by Tusla following “clerical error”

A file containing a false allegation of child sex abuse against whistleblower Maurice McCabe was sent by Tusla, the child and family agency, to gardai and widely circulated in 2013, however no effort was made to substantiate the claim.

Update: Sinn Féin and Brendan Howlin urge Garda Commissioner to step aside

Update 8pm: Sinn Féin's Jonathan O’Brien has also called for Garda Commissioner, Noirín O'Sullivan, to step aside.

Howlin tells Dáil that reporter told him Commissioner made allegations of sexual misconduct against Maurice McCabe

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has made explosive claims in the Dáil that a journalist has told him the Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan contacted media in 2013 with allegations of sexual crimes against garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe, writes Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent.

Garda Commissioner entitled to due process, says Minister

A senior Government Minister has insisted that the Garda Commissioner is entitled to remain in her job during a State inquiry.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to stay amid inquiry

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will not be forced to stand aside while a commission of investigation into an alleged smear campaign against Garda whistleblowers proceeds.

The fallout from Maurice McCabe case may cause more damage yet

Terms of reference will be published today for a probe headed by Judge Peter Charlton into an alleged smear campaign against garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Special correspondent, Michael Clifford, reflects on who else may be damaged in the ongoing pursuit of truth in this case.