Ross: Commissioner should resign over whistleblower row

Ross: Commissioner should resign over whistleblower row
Martin Callinan

There has been a renewed call this evening for Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to resign over his handling of a whistleblower who claimed misconduct in the investigation of a number of serious crimes.

The Justice Minister will face questions in the Dáil this evening. Earlier, Alan Shatter insisted all the allegations were fully investigated. However, the Minister is under renewed pressure after standing by his claim that Sergeant Maurice McCabe did not cooperate with an inquiry into his claims of corruption in the penalty points system.

This evening, Independent TD Shane Ross said Martin Callinan should resign because of how he has treated Mr McCabe.

"The first thing that should happen if there is a message to go out today from us to the people is that the Commissioner should fall on his sword," he said.

"He should resign because of his behaviour and because of his deep politicisation in this controversy. His treatment of the whistleblowers is totally and absolutely unacceptable."

Wexford TD Mick Wallace also called on Minister Shatter and Commissioner Martin Callinan to resign.

"If you are going to stay in power and the Commissioner's going to stay in place, then I think this parliament is a sham," he said.

"The people are right to be cynical about politics. They're right to be cynical about politicians. This place is a joke."

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