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'Dissent is not disloyalty': Commissioner reacts to new whisteblower allegations

However, she was not willing to respond directly to allegations made by Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE GARDA COMMISSIONER has reiterated support for any whisteblowers within the force who wish to come forward with information.

Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan was responding to allegations made yesterday by Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.

He told the Dáil that a garda, who he described as “a hero”, is today presenting information to the interim confidential recipient.

The allegations he detailed in the Dáil include the cover-up of an original file that was “stolen” and details of it removed form the Pulse system as well a a “threat” from a garda to an accused person to plead guilty on the day of a court case.
Flanagan also detailed other claims where “heroin dealing and the Garda Siochána are being connected”.

However, Commissioner O’Sullivan was not willing to comment on this further.

“The use by any member of An Garda Siochana of the confidential recipient mechanism is a confidential process,” a statement from An Garda Siochana read.

The statement continues to reiterate that O’Sullivan “doesn’t regard dissent as disloyalty”.

“Any member of An Garda Siochana who wants to raise an issue or concern will be supported in doing so.”

The new Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald paid tribute yesterday to the work of the garda whistleblowers, singling out Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

“I think as a country we’re learning about whistleblowers,” she said.

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