FF: lack of apology to whistleblowers may prevent others coming forward

John Wilson, who called for an apology after the review was published.

Fianna Fáil's Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins has claimed a failure by the Justice Minister to apologise to Garda whistleblowers could prevent other potential whistleblowers from coming forward.

His comments come following the publication of the The Garda Inspectorate review yesterday which found "consistent and widespread breaches of policy" in the deletion of penalty points.

The Cabinet has approved 37 recommendations to be implemented in full and immediately on the back of the document.

A working group set up on foot of the report will hold its first meeting today.

Yesterday, Garda whistleblower John Wilson called for an apology from the Taoiseach and the Justice Minister over the matter.

Deputy Niall Collins said: "In the absence of an apology from the Minister for Justice and the Taoiseach, what will other potential whistleblowers think? Will they be more fearful now of coming forward?".

KEYWORDS: whistleblowers
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