Túsla involvement in McCabe allegations very concerning – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Children Youth and Affairs, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has expressed concern following last nights revelations on Prime Time that Túsla sent a file containing false allegations about Sgt Maurice McCabe, to An Garda Síochána, dating back to 2013. The agency have since put this down to a clerical error.
Deputy Ó Laoghaire said;
“The fact that such a file concerning very serious but unfounded allegations was held by Túsla is very worrying. It also emerged that Sgt McCabe had no knowledge of this file although it was known amongst other high ranking Gardaí in the force. This raises some serious questions in relation to Túsla's practices.”
“These allegations, which have since been found to be untrue, are damaging to the character of Sgt Maurice McCabe, and he is at the very minimum deserving of a public apology on behalf of Túsla.”
“Túsla receives allegations of this nature regularly and has to treat all information with care, but the manner in which this information was made widely available to others in senior roles in the force due to “a clerical error” is questionable at best and quite sinister at worst.”
“Sgt McCabe, in my opinion, is extremely brave to have chosen to expose the discrepancies that he did."
"That such a file could be held, raises questions as to whether any other files of this nature are held by Túsla. The agency must immediately review its processes to ensure nothing of this appalling nature happens again and to ensure the public that this will not be repeated.
"I am calling on the CEO of Túsla to come before the Oireachtas Committee on Children to explain this worrying episode."
“I am also calling for a full apology from Túsla as a matter of priority so to allow Sgt McCabe to move on from such traumatic and damaging slander.”