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Tribunal shows what a pure scumbag Callanan was:

Disclosures tribunal: Martin Callinan told TD that Maurice McCabe was sex abuser, tribunal finds

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Definitely worth a read:

disclosuretribunal.ie/en/DIS … Report.pdf

The media will focus on the juicy bits but there is also wisdom and common sense:

And Judge Charleton is not blind to daily life:

He was Counsel on the Morris Tribunal over a decade ago and now he finds himself repeating the Morris Tribunal findings:


I did a search for Ms D as she is a bit lost in all this. There’s an exhausting number of references to her so I had to give up. From what I read, I wish that even the people in this world I dislike never encounter her in any way, shape or form.


No danger of a prosecution in the scumbag’s future, I presume.


It’s not as simple as prosecution. McCabe has an open-and-shut case for *defamation *against Callinan. Defamation being a civil matter, not a criminal one. So he will be considerably poorer on the basis of yesterday’s findings.

Callinan presumably broke one if not many internal disciplinary garda rules. Punishments are up to and including being dismissed from the force. The issue is that he is not a garda anymore, so can’t be disciplined.

I can’t think of any criminal law he broke. Maybe someone else can.

His pension cannot be touched, as it is an accrued property right. I think this issue has to be fixed, for all classes of public servant. There really has to be a financial sanction for this kind of behaviour. Callinan has a pension of €85k for life. This is despite having used his office (national chief of police and head of intelligence) to spread the most serious, untrue allegations about one of his staff that you can imagine. It is very hard to explain this to the taxpayers paying his pension.


Is this the TLDR version

McCabe made allegations some were found to be true (penalty points) some not (rookie cops in Cavan made mistakes in investigations but it wasn’t deliberate or malign).

Callinan and Taylor ran a smear campaign.

The sexual allegation was genuinely made but it was found to have no case to be answered and the Tusla investigation was a genuine mistake?

O’Sullivan was trying to do the right thing as Commissioner but Taylor ran a smear against her leading to her resignation?

Fitzgerald and the DoJ was correct in keeping a remove from the Guard’s legal strategy.

Other than Callinan and Taylor all other parties were acting in good faith but some made terrible errors in practice - like Tusla? Others it looked bad but were actually correct - Fitzgerald?

It’s very confusing.


No it’s much worse than that. E.g. Just from my scanning of the Ms D references. She brought up the allegation in HSE counselling years after it had been dismissed having just signed a form acknowledging that all allegations would get reported to authorities. The whole allegation at root of this is imagined. And it’s not even an imagined crime i.e. What’s she’s imagined doesn’t even constitute a crime. But she still took a GSOC complaint against the investigating officer, whose investigation was exemplary. And then she started contacting journalists and meeting politicians.

As for Tusla their whole conduct is scary. If there’s such a crime as “parent abuse” then they’re perpetrating it on a daily basis.


No, the report is not confusing (though it is quite long) but you have created a total travesty. You should blush when you read Judge Charlton’s comments on “spin”

Here is a fairer summary of the report in regard to the points you mention:

McCabe is an honest cop who was persecuted because he made allegations which were found to be true (penalty points, incompetence/indolence in Cavan/Monaghan, cover-up by superiors) although the mistakes in investigations were not shown to be deliberate or malicious.

Callinan and Taylor ran a vile smear campaign.

O’Sullivan was doing the right thing as Commissioner.

Callinan and Taylor behaved disgracefully but they are part of a culture within the Gardai that has been the subject of numerous tribunals/enquiries and which must be eradicated.

There was no basis whatever for the sexual allegation against McCabe. It was magnified by an horrendous error which Tusla then failed to cure through stupendous incompetence over many years. At least Tusla’s leaders acknowledged the problem, unlike the Garda.

Fitzgerald and the DoJ was correct in keeping a remove from the Guard’s legal strategy.

What has happened to public service that those who stand up for decent standards of performance are vilified?


Who honestly believes that was a ‘copy and paste’ error? Really?


Judge Charlton, for one. Page 111 of his report:

It wasn’t a terrible conspiracy by Garda management and the social services to destroy a whistleblower. It was a stupid mistake which spread through the system and which, through sheer incompetence and laziness, was allowed to fester even after everyone should have known it was a mistake. Indeed, anyone reading the report should have realised the problem because


Even Ms. D. protested when she heard about this report.

Now you know what to expect if anyone from Tusla offers to help you.


The corruption and incompetence is systemic and those in the hierarchy of the system hold the system up. That is the conspiracy.


So long as reports like this can be produced, there is hope for us all but it must be a bitter experience for Peter Charleton to go over the same ground as the Morris Tribunal where he was Counsel and to realise, more than 10 years after its final report and a series of other reports, that the Garda culture is unchanged.

Charleton has done a great service in sifting the truth from rumour and he doesn’t use the “systemic problems” as a cop-out. He vindicates some and condemns others, often in surprising ways. No surprise that he vindicated McCabe but he eviscerates Callinan and Taylor. They are likely to become the Patrick Nearys of the justice system - universally reviled but living comfortably on their pensions. Taylor will have to fight for his but imagine how much dirt he has on his colleagues. Noreen O’Sullivan and Frances Taylor are vindicated. Unlike Callinan, they were not out to get McCabe. But the Tribunal was not asked a basic question: did they advance the cause of Garda reform? Fitzgerald was around for 20 years and then seemed to float to the top as others (Shatter and Kenny) fell/were pushed. She set up Tusla but the Tribunal didn’t get into that.

With all the mud flying from this report, I see one very lucky boy who seems, for the first time in his long career, to be flying below the media radar. I refer to the solicitor Gerald Kean. Sorry, that’s Doctor Gerald Kean, who went from a humble BCL to an Honorary Doctorate from the American University in Florida. If anyone knows anything about this institution of higher learning, please share. Don’t bother googling, I’ve tried. Doctor Kean defamed McCabe on Marian Finucane in 2014 because he had been fed lies by Callinan. He dodged the subsequent libel case because RTE (i.e. licence payers :angry: ) picked up the tab.

The Tribunal report’s section dealing with him is well worth a read. It begins with this stinging rebuke:

This reluctance to assist the Tribunal would be remiss for any ordinary citizen but Doctor Kean is a solicitor i.e. an officer of the court who must act with the highest standards of conduct. He will be well aware of the superior courts’ jurisdiction

But this is Ireland so Doctor Kean will get away with this but I’d love to be there if he ever appears before the Supreme Court with Peter Charleton on the bench. :laughing:

Marian discussed the report this morning but told us nothing about her own starring role. Funny, but that seems to be the way of things with media types. All for transparency but they hate mirrors :laughing:


Doesn’t Mr Kean (it’s an honorary doctorate…) Have bigger legal issues to deal with?

I’d imagine he’s busy considering other career options?


Seems like lawyers hate to give evidence and journalists hate to talk about themselves. Doctor Kean straddles both worlds “comfortably” but things took a turn for the worse in that case.
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As far as I can see, no major media in Ireland has given any attention to this part of the Tribunal Report although it concludes with this amazing statement

Meanwhile, he’s taken his McMansion off the market. Feast your eyes!
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Charlton whimped out. Friends helping friends? What a tosser.


No, Charleton put the blame where it belonged. Kean was a mere pawn in Callinan’s game, which is proven by the fact that Callinan was drafting the solicitor’s letter. :open_mouth: Kean will never live this humiliation down but Taylor will walk away with his full pension :imp:

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Surely, there should be a claw-back mechanisms for pensions where a public servant was seriously in breach of duties during the time the pension was accruing?


The main thing to remember is that Kean’s father was a Garda Superintendent - he’s part of the family, to be relied on, but also to be taken care of. Not a pawn. Pawns don’t get the promise of quid pro quo favours from the Chess player.


interesting article in the IT: irishtimes.com/news/crime-a … 1?mode=amp

It discusses the focus of Boston police on community policing. Interesting juxtaposition with the Garda response at North Frederick street.

Why does Boston get Evans and we get Callinan? Whither next?


That’s not the interesting question that hasn’t been asked…the interesting question is ‘What else (if anything !) has Callinan lied about during his very long career and who if anyone is looking into that ?’

Perhaps he just started lying recently about this one very small aspect of his career ! I bet that happens all the time with liars !


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on top of her pension eh, the UN eh