The Garda Commissioner has said she was not aware of any private meeting between her predecessor Martin Callinan and TD John McGuiness.
It is after Deputy McGuiness revealed the previous Commissioner told him whistleblower Maurice McCabe was “not to be trusted”.
In a statement from a Garda spokesperson this evening Nóirín O'Sullivan confirmed she was unaware of the meeting and said whistleblowers are part of the solution to the problems facing the force.
The statement also said The Commissioner has appointed a dedicated team to oversee all matters related to whistleblowers to make sure they are welcomed and protected by gardaí.
The Garda Commissioner’s statement in full:
Commissioner O’Sullivan was not aware of any private meeting between former Commissioner Callinan and Deputy McGuinness as outlined by Deputy McGuinness in the Dáil.
In relation to whistleblowers, Commissioner O’Sullivan has consistently stated that dissent is not disloyalty and as a service we are determined to learn from our experiences. An Garda Síochána agrees that whistleblowers are part of the solution to the problems facing the service.
The Commissioner has recently appointed a Protected Disclosures Manager and an appropriately trained dedicated team will be established to oversee all matters related to whistleblowers.
Transparency Ireland has agreed to work with An Garda Síochána to help ensure protected disclosures and people making them are welcomed and protected in An Garda Síochána.