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Private Commission of Investigation is an absolute non-runner – McDonald

13 February, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that a private Commission of Investigation into the smear campaign waged against Garda Whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe is “an absolute non-runner”.

Deputy McDonald stated that Sinn Féin fully supports the demand made by Sgt McCabe in his statement earlier today in which he said that only a public inquiry would hold his confidence.

Deputy McDonald said;

“Earlier today, I, along with my colleague Deputy Jonathan O'Brien, met with Sgt Maurice McCabe in Dublin. He outlined to us his strong position that a Commission of Investigation, held in private, would not hold his confidence. Sgt McCabe also outlined his very sound rationale as to why a public inquiry would be only mechanism that would deliver the truth and justice required.

“Sinn Féin fully supports this demand and we want to make it abundantly clear that a private Commission of Investigation is an absolute non-runner.

“We also viewed the Tusla file compiled on Sgt McCabe. Nobody should be in doubt as to the horrifying and breathtaking nature of this file.

“Following Sgt McCabe's statement today, and the clear need for a private Commission of Investigation to be taken off the table, there is no reason why Fianna Fáil should not support our motion of no confidence on Wednesday. The current administration cannot be trusted to establish the appropriate investigative method that is so badly needed.

“Minister Zappone’s comments today simply confirm the Government's policy of evasion and spin that has characterised their disgraceful response to the vicious campaign waged against Sgt McCabe and his family.

“There is no way that this Government can remain in power. It has completely lost both the confidence of the public and its authority.” 

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