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# Garda Whistleblower
Alan Shatter says none of Micheál Martin's claims are true, denies misleading Dáil
The Minister for Justice has been giving his side of the controversy around allegations from a garda whistleblower in the Dáil this morning.
# Oireachtas agenda
Whistleblowers, more whistleblowers and everything else happening in Leinster House today
What’s going on in the world of Irish governance today? This is…
# Leaders' Questions
Family of murdered Sylvia Roche Kelly 'fear another cover up'
Enda Kenny did not rule out a Commission of Investigation but insists that a report from a Senior Counsel is the most prudent approach to Maurice McCabe’s dossier of allegations.
# Garda Whistleblower
Alan Shatter to brief Cabinet colleagues on “extremely serious allegations of garda misconduct”
Ministers meet for their usual weekly discussions where Shatter is expected to brief colleagues on the details of correspondence between the Department of Justice and garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.
# Whistleblowers
'Gardaí who want to come forward must be protected'
Frank McBrearty Jnr says that gardaí have not implemented the reforms suggested in the 2008 Morris Report.
# Gardaí
Whistleblower was subjected to 'bullying and intimidation'
Mick Wallace TD has said an independent inquiry is needed into at least three issues concerning An Garda Síochána.
# Penalty Points
Claims that garda whistleblower didn't cooperate "misleading and false"
Prime Time this evening revealed a transcript of a conversation Maurice McCabe had with a superior, which also instructed him to stop downloading material from PULSE.
# Alan Shatter
Government using 'spin and obfuscation' to delay whistleblower apology - Martin
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says the Government is purposely trying to introduce confusion.
# Shatter-gate
‘Alan Shatter is somebody who does a very good job’: Cabinet support for embattled minister
Meanwhile, Pat Rabbitte has said that the Shatter “may have been mistaken” when he told the Dáil last year that garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe had not cooperated.
# Shatter-gate
Explainer: Why is Alan Shatter under pressure – and will he survive? explores the background to the current controversy surrounding the Justice Minister, the questions that remain and what’s likely to happen next.
# Garda Whistleblower
Martin says material sent to Taoiseach concerns 'abduction, assault and ultimately murder'
The Fianna Fáil leader has also said that he does not believe Alan Shatter’s position as Justice Minister is tenable.
# You're Fired
Alan Shatter has sacked the garda confidential recipient Oliver Connolly
Connolly was relieved of his duties by the Justice Minister this morning, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil.
# Penalty Points
PAC will ask another Dáil committee if it can release the garda whistleblower transcript
“There is nothing in this transcript that’s going to change the world or blow our minds,” the Public Accounts Committee heard this morning.
Shane Ross insists: 'I'm not looking for or hiding from publicity'
The independent TD now appears determined to force the issue of giving a garda whistleblower a transcript of his evidence to a vote at a PAC meeting next week.
# Penalty Points
Mary Lou: 'There's no reason why whistleblower transcript shouldn't be in public domain'
Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald said she is “very, very troubled” by the opposition among PAC members to releasing a transcript of testimony given by a garda sergeant to the committee last week.
# points scoring
More tensions at the PAC as Shane Ross accused of “insatiable thirst for publicity”
Two PAC members have formally requested that the PAC again consider the issue of releasing a transcript of garda whistleblower’s testimony. Ross was today accused of being more interested in “getting on the six o’clock news” than pursuing the truth.
# Penalty Points
TD claims that evidence from garda whistleblower was 'debunked'
The PAC says it will not give Sergeant Maurice McCabe a copy of his evidence, as he requested.
# Penalty Points
Garda Ombudsman to have direct access to PULSE system
Speaking in the Dáil this morning, the Justice Minister noted that access to the system is supervised by two seconded superintendents.
# Penalty Points
‘He kept saying he loved the guards’: No specifics but garda whistleblower a ‘credible witness’
Sergeant Maurice McCabe gave evidence to TDs for three hours in a behind closed doors session today.
# behind closed doors
PAC will keep audio of garda whistleblower hearing - but no transcript
Member of the Public Accounts Committee queried what record will be kept of their private meeting with a serving Garda sergeant later today.
# Dáil
Pylons, penalty points, plain packaging ... and everything else happening in Leinster House today
What’s going on down on Kildare Street? Well, you asked…
# behind closed doors
Garda whistleblower will speak to PAC today...but you won't be able to watch
Garda sergeant Maurice McCabe will speak to TDs in private session later today.
# Penalty Points
Callinan: Not in public interest to stop garda whistleblower appearing before PAC
The Garda Commissioner has dropped his threat of possible legal action as the Public Accounts Committee prepares to hear from a serving sergeant tomorrow afternoon.
# Penalty Points
‘The work of the PAC is not finished’: Whistleblower to give evidence behind closed doors
The committee has decided, without a vote, to press ahead with plans to hear from serving garda sergeant this Thursday.
# Penalty Points
Government tells PAC to cooperate with Garda Ombudsman investigation
Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that their investigation would be ‘starting soon’.
# Garda Whistleblower
PAC may hold rare vote as government TDs say penalty points inquiry should be stopped
Justice Minister Alan Shatter asked the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the penalty points controversy last night in light of recent developments.
Column: Shatter's focus is on whistleblowers themselves, rather than their allegations
The investigation into the penalty point controversy is minimising the independence of the Garda Ombudsman: the body won’t have autonomous access to the PULSE system or any remit to examine the Commissioner’s role, writes Mick Wallace TD.
# Penalty Points
Shatter: 'I'm not trying to silence whisteblowers'
The Justice Minister stressed that he has full confidence in the Gardaí to co-operate with an Ombudsman investigation.
# Penalty Points
We'll find out later today if a serving garda sergeant will appear before the PAC
But Maurice McCabe’s possible appearance before members of the Public Accounts Committee could yet end-up in the courts.
# Shatter v PAC
Shatter slams ‘disturbing’ PAC comments, asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue
The Minister has also hit out at a “minority” of PAC members whose comments “pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility”.
# private meeting
PAC to take legal advice on continuing penalty points examination
It is to hold a private meeting tomorrow to discuss the news that the Ombudsman is to probe the penalty points issue.
# Penalty Points
Ombudsman investigation into gardaí will be 'wide-ranging'
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan says that the Garda Ombudsman’s probe was vital to maintain public trust in the force.
# Trouble Brewing
'We cannot do all the work': PAC's growing prominence leads to tensions among members
An ambulance chaser or an indispensable public spending watchdog? The Public Accounts Committee’s work and role is coming under increasing scrutiny from its own members.
# John Wilson
Whistleblower wants an independent inquiry into penalty points allegations
John Wilson asked “who has the right to terminate four speeding tickets in one day?”.
# Penalty Points
TDs divided on whether PAC should hear from garda whistleblowers publicly
Even if the Public Accounts Committee is able to hear from the whistleblowers it is not clear whether this will happen in public or private session.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the garda whistleblowers be brought before the PAC?
The Garda Commissioner is reluctant to have the whistleblowers appear in front of the committee, but government ministers want answers.