Maurice McCabe should have been honoured and protected – Kenny
Speaking in New York today, where he is attending the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations Headquarters, Sinn Féin Deputy Martin Kenny commented on the controversy surrounding the revelation of a smear campaign against Garda whistle-blower Sgt Maurice McCabe.
Deputy Kenny said:
“The Government has failed to protect Sgt Maurice McCabe against the smear campaign unleashed against him. The man had the courage and integrity to stand up against corruption and incompetence and should have been honoured and protected.
“Instead, he was bullied and isolated within the Gardaí. Vile allegations were made against him with Garda knowledge and, it seems, the collusion of Tusla. All of the allegations have proven false, but that is cold comfort to Maurice McCabe and his family after years of tolerating this maltreatment.
“The Minister for Justice and the Taoiseach failed to explain themselves over the weekend. The Minister claims she knew nothing about Tusla’s involvement until she saw it on television on Thursday night.
“Meanwhile, Deputy Jim O’Callaghan of Fianna Fáil is telling us that he spoke to the Minister on Wednesday about the allegations concerning Tusla.
“I wonder if Deputy O’Callaghan knew the contents of the Prime Time programme to be broadcast the following night, why he did not bring them to the notice of the Dáil, instead of having a quiet word with the Minister.
“He sat in the chamber on Thursday last while Mary Lou McDonald questioned the Tánaiste about contact between Tusla and the Gardaí, heard her deny any knowledge but Deputy O’Callaghan stayed silent.
“Why did he raise the matter with the Minister, but choose not to disclose his knowledge to the Dáil? What was his motivation in speaking to the Minister?
“Sinn Féin has zero tolerance for corruption, incompetence, and malpractice in government. Our motion of no confidence in the Government is because we have no faith in the ability of this administration to deliver truth and justice for Maurice McCabe or in its ability to resolve the wider issues of this controversy. Those wider issues include issues in my own constituency which I have raised in the Dáil, with GSOC and with Minister Fitzgerald directly.
“Fianna Fáil TDs cannot just shrug their shoulders and wait for a better time to pull down the Government based on their own narrow electoral interests. This matter goes to the heart of the integrity of this Government.
“The only way to deal with this is to have an election.”