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O’Higgins Report raises serious questions for Taoiseach – Adams

17 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said this afternoon that there are serious outstanding questions for the Taoiseach in the wake of the release of the O’Higgins Report into allegations of Garda malpractice in the Cavan/Monaghan Division.

Posing questions to the Tánaiste during Leaders Questions, the Louth TD said:

“Last Thursday, following almost two weeks of selective leaking, the O’Higgins Report was finally published. Media management of a report of this importance is entirely unacceptable.

“Mr. Justice O’Higgins found that internal Garda investigations of complaints in the Cavan/Monaghan division were ‘deficient’. He also says there was a ‘corporate closing of Garda ranks’ which led to the allegations made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe being ignored.

“The crimes involved were of the most serious kind, including false imprisonment, assault, murder and sexual assault. And it is the victims of these crimes who have been let down most.

He continued:

“The previous Minister for Justice was embroiled in a series of scandals when the two Garda whistle-blowers, John Wilson and Maurice McCabe, raised concerns regarding practices within the upper echelons of An Garda Síochaná.

“The whistle-blowers were smeared and bullied, as were Teachtaí who raised these concerns in this chamber.

“Then, the Attorney General alerted the Taoiseach to the issue of the tapping of telephone calls in and out of Garda stations. There was now no way of him fobbing off these issues any longer.

“After months of telling the Dáil there was nothing to see, that we needed to move on, he acted in an entirely unorthodox and unacceptable way. I said that at the time. 

“He is solely responsible for the events that followed, and for the resignations.

“So, Tánaiste, will you ask the Taoiseach to make a full and comprehensive statement on the serious matters he needs to address, or are you going to wait until he sends the Secretary General of your Department to speak to the Garda Commissioner one of these evenings?” 

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