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VIDEO: Here are the comments that led to Martin Callinan's resignation

The controversial comments were made at a Public Accounts Committee meeting on 23 January.

Martin Callinan speaking to the PAC
Martin Callinan speaking to the PAC
Image: Exteriority via YouTube

“QUITE DISGUSTING”: THE two words that led, in part, to Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s shock resignation this morning.

He made the remarks in relation to two whistleblowers while being questioned by the Public Accounts Committee in late January.

“On a personal level, I think it’s quite disgusting,” Callinan told the independent TD Shane Ross about the fact that two men out of 13,000 were making “extraordinary serious allegations” about how penalty points were being dealt with by gardaí.

Callinan subsequently said that he was not referring to Sergeant Maurice McCabe or former Garda John Wilson, but rather to the manner in which sensitive data was appearing in the public domain.

Here’s the moment he made the comments:

(Bock the Robber/YouTube)

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