Michael Clifford: A series of unfortunate events on the part of Tusla

If history is just one damn thing after another, then perhaps the alleged smearing of Sergeant Maurice McCabe was just one damn error after another, writes Michael Clifford.

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Maurice McCabe accepts inclusion of false rape allegation was "cut and paste error", lawyer tells tribunal

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe accepts that the inclusion of a false rape allegation against him in a HSE report was not the result of any deliberate action or ill will, his lawyer has told the Disclosures tribunal.

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Disclosures Tribunal: 'No evidence of any conspiracy or plan to harm Maurice McCabe'

Latest: "A series of most unfortunate events" led to the circulation of a false rape allegation against garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe in 2013, lawyers for the Garda Commissioner have have told the Disclosures tribunal.

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Charleton Tribunal to check if gardaí went after McCabe

The chairman of the Disclosures Tribunal said he would have to consider if there was any evidence of a “dark truth” that the former garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan or other senior officers were “going after” Sgt McCabe at the O’Higgins Commission.

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Tribunal chairman: 'Everyone seems to be agreed' O'Sullivan did not rely on false sex assault allegations against McCabe

The former chief administrative officer in the gardaí says he was concerned that group-think would not set in regarding Maurice McCabe.

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Disclosures Tribunal: Retired civil servant denies saying garda legal team "going after" whistleblower

A retired garda civil servant has denied telling a former colleague that the garda legal team was “going after” garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

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Garda denies doing or saying anything to allege Sgt McCabe was 'blackmailing' senior garda, Tribunal hears

A garda superintendent has stated he did and said nothing that could have given rise to an incorrect allegation that garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe was “blackmailing” a senior colleague.

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Sgt McCabe felt it was 'open season' on him after Martin Callinan's description of his actions, tribunal hears

Former Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan's description in January 2014 of the actions of Sgt Maurice McCabe as “disgusting” resulted in “open season” on the whistleblower, the Disclosures Tribunal has heard.

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What if and if only: Dysfunction in Garda management has been laid bare

John Barrett has claimed he was told of a Garda strategy to ‘go after’ Maurice McCabe at the O’Higgins commission, but his allegations have been challenged by the Garda legal team at the Charleton tribunal, writes Michael Clifford

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Former garda superintendent has apologised for sending circular vindicating garda professionalism

A former garda superintendent has apologised for sending a 2011 circular which stated that an internal garda inquiry into allegations of criminality and systemic failures in a local district had vindicated the professionalism of gardaí in the district.

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Diary shows Nóirín O'Sullivan was in London on day Garda HR head says she attended meeting, tribunal hears

Diary records show that former garda commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan was in London on the day a garda HR executive says she attended a meeting, after which he was told they were “going after” whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

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Disclosures Tribunal hears two diaries contradict evidence from head of Garda Human Resources

The Disclosures Tribunal has heard that two diaries contradict the recollection of John Barrett about a comment made to "go after" Maurice McCabe at the O’Higgins Commission.

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Charleton Tribunal: Head of HR in Gardai told "we are going after him [Maurice McCabe] in the Commission"

Update 4pm: The head of Human Resources in the Gardaí has told the Disclosures Tribunal that his boss Cyril Dunne said: “We’re going after him in the Commission” in relation to Maurice McCabe.

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Disclosures Tribunal: Was one thing being said in private about Maurice McCabe and another in public, Fitzgerald asked

Latest: Frances Fitzgerald asked Nóirín O’Sullivan was one thing being said in private about Maurice McCabe and another thing in public, after the publication of the O’Higgins report in 2016.

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Frances Fitzgerald to continue giving evidence at Disclosures Tribunal

The former Justice Minister will continue giving evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal today.

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I made conscious decision not to interfere, Frances Fitzgerald tells tribunal

Former Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she made "a conscious decision" not to interfere after she was told that a legal argument had broken out between lawyers for the garda commissioner and whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe in 2015.

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Latest: New email emerges at Disclosures Tribunal

Another email to Frances Fitzgerald has emerged at the Disclosures Tribunal which referred to Maurice McCabe and the O’Higgins Inquiry.

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Former justice minister shown email outlining legal challenge to whistleblower's motivation, Charleton Tribunal told

Former justice minister Frances Fitzgerald was shown an email and a print-out outlining a challenge by legal representatives of Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan to the credibility of garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe, the Charleton tribunal has heard.

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Disclosures Tribunal: McCabe emails usually brought to attention of Minister as soon as possible - Private Secretary

The former private secretary of Frances Fitzgerald has told the Disclosures Tribunal that once you saw Maurice McCabe’s name on an email, you would ensure the Minister saw it as soon as possible.

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Charleton Tribunal: Independent review left out historic complaint against Sgt McCabe after seeing garda files

An independent review initially considered adding an historic complaint against whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe to the terms of reference of the O'Higgins commission of investigation, but decided not to after reviewing the garda investigation files.

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Charleton Tribunal: Public interest not served if Commissioner stood down in 2016 - civil servant

Latest: A senior civil servant had told the Charleton tribunal that it would not have been in the public interest if former garda commissioner Nórín O'Sullivan stepped down from her post following the publication of the O'Higgins report in 2016, writes Gerard Cunningham.

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Garda lawyer led to think Maurice McCabe mistake accurate

The lead counsel in the Garda legal strategy challenging the credibility and motivation of Sgt Maurice McCabe at the O’Higgins inquiry in 2015 said he had been “left in no doubt” that information given to his legal team by senior gardaí grounding that strategy was accurate, when a key part of it was “wrong”.

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Comment: Disclosures Tribunal may, or may not, be the result of typo

The Disclosures Tribunal, it would appear, may have been established because of a clerical error.

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Noírín O’Sullivan’s inability to recall Maurice McCabe affair

“Some of her evidence on the matter, however, was curious.”

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Nóirín O’Sullivan did not give instructions to legal team, Charleton Tribunal hears

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan did not give instructions to her legal team in relation to the dealings of whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe with senior officers also represented by her legal team, because she did not have direct factual knowledge of the issues, the Charleton Tribunal has heard.

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’My conscience will remain clear,’ says Nóirín O’Sullivan’s barrister on Sgt McCabe’s cross-examination

A senior barrister who challenged garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe at the Commission of Investigation into allegations of garda malpractice has said his conscience is clear.

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Latest: Counsel for O’Sullivan says he would challenge the credibility and motivation of McCabe again

Latest: Counsel for Nóirín O’Sullivan says he would challenge the credibility and motivation of Maurice McCabe again if he were asked to do it over.

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Disclosures Tribunal: Another apology given for another misunderstanding, another error

There was another apology for Maurice McCabe yesterday for another misunderstanding, another error which cast him in a nefarious light.

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Nóirín O’Sullivan faces recall after ‘shocking’ document found

Former commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan may be hauled back to the Disclosure Tribunal to answer questions about an unseen Garda document which described Sergeant Maurice McCabe as paranoid.

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Charleton Tribunal: Senior counsel for former Commissioner regrets errors

Latest: The senior barrister who represented the Garda Commissioner at the O'Higgins Commission of Investigation  has said that he regretted errors made in a letter to the Commission outlining the instructions the legal team received, writes Gerard Cunningham.

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New evidence may mean another appearance at Charleton Tribunal for Nóirín O’Sullivan

Nóirín O’Sullivan may be called back to the Disclosures Tribunal after new documentation was received by counsel for Maurice McCabe.

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Garda counsel on ‘red alert’ over Maurice McCabe allegation

Garda counsel were on “red alert” after they read the seriousness of the allegations being levelled by Sergeant Maurice McCabe against senior officers.

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Analysis: Nóirín O’Sullivan leaves a trail of questions in her wake at Disclosures Tribunal

Nóirín O’Sullivan was out through the gap yesterday afternoon, her three days of evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal completed, writes Michael Clifford.

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Garda memo was attempt ’belittle and isolate’ Maurice McCabe, his lawyer tells Charleton Tribunal

Senior officers attempted to "belittle and isolate" Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe by circulating a memo that said his claims of corruption were unfounded, his lawyer has said.

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'I don't believe there was an attack launched on Sgt McCabe,' Nóirín O'Sullivan tells Charleton Tribunal

Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has told the Charleton Tribunal that she had done nothing that would threaten the role of garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

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Michael Clifford: Questions persist over Nóirín O’Sullivan’s evidence

Nóirín O’Sullivan gave a flavour of what it feels like to be at the centre of a media and political storm, in which various people are calling for her resignation, writes Michael Clifford.

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Charleton Tribunal: Michael McDowell dubs Commissioner's assurances as 'fine HR talk'

Latest: Former garda commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has denied she was hypocritical in her dealings with garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe during the O'Higgins Commission of Investigation, writes Gerard Cunningham.

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