Lawyer says claims often based on exaggerations and then withdrawn

The Disclosures Tribunal has heard claims that Maurice McCabe has been shown to make and float false allegations which are often based on exaggeration.

The Tribunal is hearing submissions on whether unjustified grounds were inappropriately relied on by former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to discredit Maurice McCabe at the O’Higgins Inquiry.

 

Paul Sreenan is representing the legal team instructed by Nóirín O’Sullivan and other senior Gardaí at the O’Higgins Inquiry into policing matters in Cavan-Monaghan.

He told the Disclosures Tribunal that the strategy they employed to question Maurice McCabe’s motivation was simply to test his allegations.

Mr Sreenan said the question of challenging his integrity was not an instruction from the Commissioner.

He said the comment that his integrity would be challenged right the way through – which was later withdrawn – was done under intense pressure from the Chairman of the inquiry.

He also said an error made in Maurice McCabe’s statement to the Tribunal saying he was shouted at by Nóirín O’Sullivan’s legal team was withdrawn very late in the day.

He said this was typical of the fact that Sgt McCabe has been shown to make and float false allegations which are often based on exaggerations and then withdrawn.