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Independent Alliance welcome Tribunal of Inquiry

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 3:59pm

A Galway East TD has welcomed in principle yesterday’s Government decision to establish an independent, public Tribunal of Inquiry into the Sgt Maurice McCabe controversy.

Minister of State Sean Canney made the comments as part of an Independent Alliance statement released today.

“Sgt McCabe’s good reputation is paramount and must be vindicated as swiftly and effectively as possible,” the statement read.

“We kept our own counsel on this issue until now. We have had the opportunity to speak with the McCabe family and we are in full agreement with them that an independent, public tribunal is needed to establish the full facts of this matter.”

The party said they are “particularly disturbed” by the revelations which have emerged concerning State agency Tusla. 

The welfare and protection of our children is dependent on public confidence in our child care agencies. Should facts emerge suggesting criminal activity, a full criminal investigation should immediately follow,” the statement read.

The Independent Alliance said they have been left “dismayed” and “disturbed” by contradictory versions of events which have emerged this week, noting that “this is not how we wish to do business”.

“We went into Government in good faith in order to implement the commitments we secured in the Programme for Government after protracted negotiations. We went into Government to provide a voice for the marginalised in Irish society, to ensure that those who have been hit hardest by the years of recession will be cared for. We went into Government to end cronyism and that insider culture which can prove so corrupting to society," the party stated, before adding that they are committed to delivering on the promises they made when they took office.

“Our continued participation in Government will be conditional on a comprehensive resolution of what are, by any standards, extremely worrying allegations of malpractice within areas of An Garda Siochána in relation to Sgt McCabe, in relation to other whistleblowers and more generally.”

According to the Independent Alliance they have secured a commitment from the Minister for Justice today to appoint an independent, international, policing expert to carry out a thorough investigation into the wider and more fundamental issues of public concern which have emerged relating to the administration, ethos and culture of An Garda Siochána.  

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