Updated: 10/02/17 : 06:43:00
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Garda whistleblower to sue over child abuse claims

Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe says he's going to sue Tulsa over false child abuse claims.

It emerged yesterday that Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, opened an investigation into the welfare of Sergeant McCabe's children, around the same time he made allegations of mismanagement in the Garda force.

However the child and family agency later said the allegations were based on a 'clerical error'.

A Tusla spokeswoman declined to comment on individual cases but it is understood to be willing to offer Sgt McCabe an apology.

It has emerged that members at the highest level of the force were aware of the claims made against the Garda sergeant but never informed him.

Sinn Féin TD Mary-Lou McDonald wants the Garda Commissioner to step aside during an inquiry.

"It seems a concerted campaign to blacken a serving officers name, to take his good character, to destroy his career, and I'm very concerned that the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice insist on the Garda Commissioner staying in place - I think that is not an acceptable position.

"She does need to stand aside and allow the Commission of Investigation to proceed."