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Thursday 25 May 2017

Callinan 'delayed murder briefing', says McCabe

Martin Callinan
Martin Callinan

Sergeant Maurice McCabe has claimed former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan postponed a press conference marking the first anniversary of murdered detective Adrian Donohoe on the day he allegedly briefed a politician on the false abuse claims levelled against the whistleblower.

Sgt McCabe said former head of the Garda Press Office Supt David Taylor told him that Mr Callinan asked him to delay the event in Co Louth so he could travel to Dublin to meet Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness.

Mr McGuinness, who was then the chair of the Public Account Committee, said the former commissioner made "vile" allegations against the whistleblower when they met in Bewley's Hotel car park on the Naas Road in Dublin on January 24, 2014.

The year before, Det Gda Donohoe was shot dead by criminals as he tried to stop a gang holding up a credit union in Dundalk.

Speaking in the Dail last year, Mr McGuinness said: "The garda commissioner confided in me in a car park on the Naas Road that Gda McCabe was not to be trusted and there were serious issues about him."

Disclosure

In a protected disclosure sent to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, the whistleblower claims Supt Taylor told him the commissioner got a call from the Fianna Fail TD on the anniversary of Det Gda Donohoe's anniversary.

"When Commissioner Callinan finished the call he asked Supt Dave Taylor to postpone the press conference for an-hour-and-a-half," Sgt McCabe stated.

The former commissioner was then driving to Dublin where he met Mr McGuinness.

He then returned to Dundalk to do the press conference.

The alleged secret meeting between Mr Callinan and Mr McGuinness will be investigated by a judge-led commission.

Serving Garda Comm- issioner Noirin O'Sullivan has since claimed through her spokesman that she was not aware of the meeting between the two men.

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