Serious questions surrounding Callinan and McGuinness secret meeting – McDonald
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and serving Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan to outline their knowledge of the clandestine meeting between John McGuinness TD and Callinan, prior to Maurice McCabe giving evidence in the PAC.
Deputy McDonald said:
“This meeting happened in a carpark, in secret, according to John McGuinness, with the specific and clear intention of undermining or perhaps even defaming or slandering Maurice McCabe. We need an immediate response from the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan on this issue.
“We also need to know from John McGuinness what was it that the former Commissioner wished to say to him, as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, in respect of this man. We need to know did Nóirín O’ Sullivan have any knowledge of these matters – she was after all within the senior ranks and appeared beside the former Commissioner when he came forward to give evidence to our committee.
“As member of the PAC, I am conscious that there was no appetite within the system to have Sgt Maurice McCabe appear before us as a committee. So when John McGuinness says that he was fearful of derailing that process I think there was merit in that concern.
“However given the nature of the information given to John McGuinness, it should have been brought to the attention of O’Higgins. Serious questions remain and I’m calling on all the people concerned to issue statements on the matter. I would also advise that they would called before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions on what is a very serious issue which desperately needs clarity.”