Former justice minister Alan Shatter has asked the Court of Appeal to make orders quashing “enormously damaging” parts of the Guerin report criticising his handling of complaints made by Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.
Enda Kenny may be asked to alter a report, or details on his department’s website, after the Court of Appeal’s decision in favour of former justice minister Alan Shatter over the Guerin report findings into how Garda whistleblowers were treated.
Former justice minister Alan Shatter has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and asked him to withdraw from circulation the Guerin report which has had an enormously “damaging effect” on his “good name and reputation both as a politician and a lawyer”.
It is an ironic twist of this political saga that the man who was hailed as the most reforming minister of all time was brought down by behaviour that belongs to a different era.
There is a theme running through the narrative of the Guerin report like a thread. Time and again, the same issues arise: A criminal investigation is not conducted properly. Sergeant Maurice McCabe complains about it in a detailed manner. The complaint is investigated by senior officers, more often than not concluding there is little to see here.
Sergeant Maurice McCabe made complaints about 16 individual incidents relating to failures by gardaí to investigate reported crimes, internal matters including harassment of officers, and allegations of misconduct by individual members of the force.and report on Seán Guerin’s examination of the matters
It is hard to conceive of a more damning indictment of former justice minister Alan Shatter, the dysfunctional Department of Justice, or of the Garda Siochána, than barrister Seán Guerin’s scathing report on their cavalier handling of, and failure to properly investigate, allegations of wrongdoing brought to light by whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.