‘Cal­li­nan told me of McCabe sex abuse claim,’ says Shat­ter

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

FOR­MER Jus­tice Min­is­ter Alan Shat­ter said he was told by Garda com­mis­sioner Martin Cal­li­nan about the historic sexual abuse al­le­ga­tion made against Sgt Mau­rice McCabe.

Mr Shat­ter – who later re­signed fol­low­ing crit­i­cism of his han­dling of whistle­blow­ers – told the Dis­clo­sures Tri­bunal that deal­ing with Sgt McCabe’s mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions, not only about penalty points but also about wider issues of cor­rup­tion in the force, had been ‘like sink­ing in quick­sand’.

And he said he had asked Mr Cal­li­nan, dur­ing a phone call in June 2013, if there was any back­ground to Sgt McCabe’s com­plaints which he should know.

He re­called: ‘I said, “is there some­thing in the back­ground here that I should know, is there some other is­sue of con­cern?” His re­ac­tion was to say that the only is­sue that oc­curred to him was that some years ago – I’m not 100% cer­tain he said 2006 – that al­le­ga­tion was made of a sexual na­ture in re­la­tion to Sgt McCabe, that it had been fully in­ves­ti­gated and the DPP had di­rected there was no ba­sis for pros­e­cu­tion.

Mr Shat­ter added: ‘He then spec­u­lated that Sgt McCabe was up­set be­cause of the man­ner in which the mat­ter was dealt with.

‘I took that to mean that this had im­pacted on Sgt McCabe and on his per­cep­tion of how he should en­gage with the gar­daí.’

Mr Shat­ter said that the con­ver­sa­tion was brief, and Mr Cal­li­nan ‘didn’t make a big deal of it – my per­cep­tion was it wasn’t a ma­jor is­sue’.

He said he never dis­cussed the is­sue with Mr Cal­li­nan again.

Wit­ness: Alan Shat­ter and his wife Carol at the Dis­clo­sures Tri­bunal

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