Social Democrats table Dáil Motion for Public Inquiry into McCabe affair

February 13, 2017

The Social Democrats have tabled a Dáil motion calling for a Public Inquiry into the McCabe affair. We are also calling on the current Garda Commissioner to step aside, without prejudice, for the duration of the Inquiry and for the Commissioner to be replaced by an international senior police officer, in a caretaker capacity, for that period.

Speaking this evening, Roísín Shortall TD and Catherine Murphy TD, Social Democrats co-leaders said:

“The McCabe family have been through a shocking and appalling time. The only way to ensure that the McCabe family get the truth and justice they deserve is to establish a full Public Inquiry. Such an Inquiry will also send a clear message to all whistle-blowers that they will be safe in Ireland.”

“We have this evening tabled the following motion in Dáil Eireann, which we will bring to the Dáil Business Committee in the morning:

The significant public issues which have been raised in the treatment of Sergeant Maurice McCabe by both the gardaí and Tusla require an immediate response. The gravity of the issues concerned and the consequent erosion of confidence and trust in these two critical state agencies demand that the political system respond with thoroughness and determination.  For this reason, Dáil Éireann agrees to the following actions being taken.

1) That  a full Public Inquiry be established to investigate all complaints that certain members of the gardaí engaged in a systematic campaign to besmirch the character and reputation of Sergeant McCabe.

2) That this Inquiry would also examine all interactions between the gardaí, Tusla and the HSE in respect of Sergeant McCabe.

3) That all necessary resources would be provided for this purpose.

4) That such Inquiry would be led by a recognised person of standing, from another jurisdiction, and supported by an external team as necessary.

5) That emergency legislation be introduced to establish this Inquiry and confer necessary powers.

6) That the current Garda Commissioner be requested to step aside for the duration of this investigation and be replaced by an international senior police officer, in a caretaker capacity, for this period. 

7) That this Inquiry would also make recommendations in respect of the most appropriate means of dealing with complaints from other garda whistle-blowers. 

8) That the detail of these actions be agreed and overseen by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice.”


13th February 2017