The official, Brian Purcell, also told the Disclosures Tribunal that former commissioner Martin Callinan “never” made attempts to smear Sgt McCabe. Mr Purcell said, at the time of the penalty points scandal in 2013, he asked Mr Callinan about Sgt McCabe’s background. He said he was not interested in what “motivated” Sgt McCabe but in facts around the penalty points controversy. After Mr Callinan appeared at the PAC and was criticised for calling whistleblowers “disgusting”, Mr Purcell texted him saying “well done, exceptional performance under fire”. Mr Purcell and Mr Callinan spoke on the phone after the meeting.
Source: Irish Examiner April 16, 2018 23:03 UTC