Gerald Kean spoke to Garda Commissioner before radio programme

Solicitor Gerald Kean has told the Disclosures Tribunal he believes he was used by the former Garda Commissioner to promote a position which was incorrect on a radio interview.

The well-known lawyer spent almost an hour on the phone with Martin Callinan before appearing on the Marian Finucane show – in which he defended the commissioner and criticised Maurice McCabe for not cooperating with a garda investigation into penalty points.

Sergeant McCabe began defamation proceedings against Mr Kean and RTE on foot of the broadcast, which were later dropped.

Juliette Gash reports;