Speaking after this evening’s Public Accounts Committee during which members heard from one of the Garda Whistleblowers Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD described the evidence provided as clear, comprehensive and helpful to the committee’s investigation.
The Dublin Central TD said:
“The appearance today of Sergeant Maurice McCabe before the Public Accounts Committee was most welcome. He gave his evidence in a clear and comprehensive manner and was questioned and probed by members of the committee.
“Sergeant McCabe’s evidence was very helpful to the committee in its investigation on foot of the Comptroller and &Audit Generals report into penalty points.
“It was always my preference that Sergeant McCabe’s evidence be taken in public session. However a private session was decided upon to avoid any risk of commentary that might stray outside the PAC remit.
“It is now my strong view that a transcript of this afternoons hearing should be made public in consultation with Sergeant McCabe.
“Whilst there has been plenty of media interest in today’s meeting of the Public Accounts Committee however in many ways this has simply been just another day at the office.
“When investigating matters arising from the Comptroller and Auditor General’s reports the committee regularly seeks oral evidence and the case of the Garda Whistleblower is no different.
“It has been my strong view all along that the Whistleblower should come before the committee and I welcome that we have finally heard from him during the course of our investigation.
“Notwithstanding the controversy of the Whistleblowers attendance before the committee today there must be no adverse action taken against him in his place of work.
“The Garda Síochána Act 2005 provides the Whistleblower with a legal right to give evidence to members of the committee and in turn Dáil Standing Orders allow for his evidence to be heard.”