'We were ridiculed. I want an apology': Whistleblower Wilson

John Wilson

Garda Whistleblower John Wilson is seeking an apology from the Taoiseach and the Justice Minister for the treatment he received after he raised concerns about the penalty-points system.

"I want an apology from Mr Kenny and from Mr Shatter. It's that simple," he said.

"We (myself and Sgt Maurice McCabe) acted lawfully at all times. We were ridiculed (and) our allegations were minimised by Minister Shatter and (by) the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan."

His remarks came after the publication of the Garda Inspectorate report, which found "consistent and widespread breaches of policy" by the Gardaí administering the penalty points system.

It says that, with a few exceptions, there was no meaningful supervision of the cancellation process at any Garda level.

Meanwhile the Government has agreed to appoint retired judge Pat McMahon as the new Garda confidential recipient, to hear reports from internal whistleblowers.

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