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Minister has still not made Mullingar meeting referral to GSOC – O’Brien

9 June, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has called on the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to outline what the delay is in referring details of a meeting in Mullingar with Sergeant Maurice McCabe to the Garda Ombudsman as previously requested by the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“I asked the Minister for Justice on what date the Garda Commissioner asked her to make a GSOC referral concerning a meeting of Gardaí in Mullingar after which they allegedly stated that Sergeant Maurice McCabe was motivated by malice when speaking about Garda wrongdoing.

“The Garda Commissioner took a full eight days after the publication of the O’Higgins Report before contacting the Minister for Justice in order to ask her to make the GSOC referral which clearly demonstrates that public pressure was the motivation to do this.

“According to the reply I received from the Minister, a referral to GSOC has still not been made in this matter.

“Before there was public outcry regarding Garda conduct, Fine Gael were quite happy to tell us there was nothing to see and that O’Higgins was over.

“The legislation allows the Minister to make the referral so I am asking for clarity from her as to why there is a delay in this now.

“If the public are to have confidence in the Gardaí, these matters cannot be delayed any further.” ENDS

Note: See the PQ in question below

 PQ below:


 DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald)

by Deputy Jonathan O'Brien

for WRITTEN ANSWER on Wednesday, 8th June, 2016.  

  *  To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the date on which the Garda Commissioner asked her to refer the matter of two members of An Garda Síochána, allegedly misrepresenting a meeting in Mullingar, County Westmeath with a person (details supplied), to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission; if she has made this referral yet; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

                                                             - Jonathan O'Brien


On 19 May, 2016 the Garda Commissioner wrote to me asking that I use the legal powers available to me to ask the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission to investigate matters alleged to have occurred in relation to a meeting in Mullingar involving certain officers. I informed the House that I intended to do this and that I was consulting with the Attorney General about the precise nature of such a referral.

 In recent days the Garda Commissioner provided me with more detailed information and I am now proceeding with the formal referral of the matter to GSOC.

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