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Tusla delivered Maurice McCabe's apology to his elderly neighbour 'in error'

Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness told RTÉ’s Six One News that “this is total incompetence”.

Earlier today Tusla said that they were in the process of apologising to McCabe.
Earlier today Tusla said that they were in the process of apologising to McCabe.
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TUSLA DELIVERED AN apology to Sergeant Maurice McCabe to his 80-year-old neighbour in error, according to a Fianna Fáil TD.

The apology is part of an ongoing fallout from ‘a clerical error’ from Child and Family Agency Tusla that led to the circulation of a false sex abuse allegation against garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Nine months after an allegation was reported to Tusla by a counsellor, the counsellor contacted the agency to say she made “an administrative error” and had accidentally pasted the abuse details into her report. By this stage the complaint had already been passed onto gardaí.

On RTÉ’s Six One News, John McGuinness said that Tusla’s apology to Maurice McCabe was delivered to McCabe’s next door neighbour in error.

Today, Tusla have apologised to Sergeant Maurice McCabe and in delivering that apology, they brought it to his next door neighbour – an 80-year-old lady.
The apology after had to be delivered to McCabe’s family.

“This is total incompetence and none of us accept that it was a copy-and-paste and an error, there was something seriously wrong within Tusla.”

Earlier today, Tulsa’s CEO Fred McBride admitted that mistakes were made, but strongly refuted that there had been a deliberate attempt made by Tusla to discredit McCabe.

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“I would never knowingly allow that to happen, so I absolutely refute that,” he told RTÉ’s News at One.

Fallout from the scandal continues as accountability for the incident is still unconfirmed: with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, and Health Minister Simon Harris all mentioned in relation to the case.

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