Calls for O’Higgins report to be fully published

Pressure is increasing for the full publication of the O’Higgins report following the broadcast of elements of the report on RTÉ yesterday.

The report into allegations of malpractice in the gardaí in the Cavan-Monaghan area has now been with the minister for justice for more than two weeks with little indication of when it will be published.

The Irish Examiner understands that, following one of yesterday’s broadcasts, Lorraine McCabe, who is married to Sergeant Maurice McCabe, phoned the office of the minister for justice to plead with her to publish the report.

It is understood that Mrs McCabe was distressed at what she regarded as the selective reporting of elements of the report.

Separately, the Fianna Fáil justice spokesman, Niall Collins, has also called for the malpractice report to be published.

Niall Collins
Niall Collins

“It’s not good enough that the contents of such an important report are leading news bulletins while elected representatives have yet to see it,” said Mr Collins.

“I would urge the minister to publish the report as soon as possible.

“I also believe that the Oireachtas Justice Committee and indeed the Dáil in general will need to debate the report at the earliest opportunity.”

The report has examined eight criminal cases of which Sgt McCabe complained, the most serious of which is a serious assault case which preceded the murder of Silvia Roche Kelly in 2007.

Mrs Roche Kelly’s husband Lorcan told RTÉ yesterday that he had seen sections of the report relating to his case and he was not surprised by the outcome.

“I’m not satisfied from what I know of the report, but I’m not surprised,” he told Keelin Shanley on the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme.

“The thing that disappoints me is it looks at what happened, but it didn’t look at what happened afterwards.

“The obfuscation and that which felt like a cover-up from the gardaí.

“The gardaí have been incredibly unco-operative [in admitting] to any failings.”

READ MORE: MICHAEL CLIFFORD: O’Higgins report must be promptly published to dispel any opportunistic, misleading spin


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