Roscommon-South Leitrim Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has called on the government to appoint whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe as Commissioner of An Garda Síochána.
“The damage done to the confidence of potential whistleblowers has been enormous,” Deputy Flanagan said. “By appointing Sergeant Maurice McCabe as Commissioner of the Gardai, that confidence would be restored. It would demonstrate clearly that our state and our government want to give confidence to all those out there in the HSE, in the Public Service, in Semi-state companies, in teaching, in banking, in all walks of life to come forward and to make public wrong doings within their areas.
“The long awaited Whistle Blowers legislation would be minor in relation to the impact such an appointment would have.”
He added that there was no barrier to prevent Sergeant McCabe from being appointed: “Technically they [the government] can appoint anyone from within the Garda Síochána. Sergeant McCabe can and should become Commissioner McCabe.”
Deputy Flanagan also called on the government to reinstate retired Garda John Wilson. “He has suffered greatly for his courage and he has stuck by his principles,” he explained. “He tried his best to work through the situation, but the Garda culture took its toll and he was forced out of his job. We can help promote a more open and honest culture within the Gardaí by reinstating John Wilson.”