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Maurice McCabe says he 'probably wouldn't do it again'

“Eight years of abuse – eight years of constant abuse.”

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GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER MAURICE McCabe says he would be unlikely to highlight Garda malpractice again if given the chance.

In an exclusive interview with the Anglo-Celt’s Sean McMahon, McCabe spoke about his treatment since he highlighted problems in the Cavan region.

He told the paper that what he claims is a Garda campaign to smear him, now subject to a tribunal of inquiry, would make him hesitant to do the same again.

Anglo Celt: It’s been a long road Maurice and as you outlined in your statement, it’s been a traumatic one. If you were to do it all over again, would you do it?

Maurice McCabe: Oh, probably not, probably not, because of what they did to me. I did not do anything to them, they did it to me.

McCabe added that he was confident that the tribunal will get to the bottom of his allegations, saying the last fortnight’s revelations regarding a Tusla file on him were “vile”.

Anglo Celt: Can you make any comment about how it impacted on your lives?

Maurice McCabe: Eight years of abuse – eight years of constant abuse.

Anglo Celt: It’s been rough on you and all the family – not easy to live with Maurice?

Maurice McCabe: No, Sean. We just want it to finish and let us go back to live our lives, the way we did eight years ago.

Lorraine McCabe: We want the truth.

The government today published the terms of reference for what it called a “comprehensive and clear” tribunal into the scandal.

Read: Terms for ‘comprehensive and clear’ tribunal into McCabe scandal finalised

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