Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe had the interests of the people of Ireland uppermost in his mind, the Disclosures Tribunal's third interim report has concluded.
It found that Sgt McCabe regarded those interests as superior to any loyalty he had to An Garda Síochána, but the Tribunal report stated that neither interest should have ever been in conflict.
The tribunal has also said there was a “campaign of calumny against Maurice McCabe by Commissioner Martin Callinan and that in it he was actively aided by his press officer, Supt Dave Taylor.”
However the tribunal found there “is no credible evidence that [former commissioner] Nóirín O’Sullivan played any hand act or part in any campaign conducted by” Mr Callinan and Supt Taylor.
Furthermore, the report strongly criticised Tusla, the child and family agency, for its handling of a false rape claim made against the Mountnugent native.
The latest interim Disclosures Tribunal report relating to Sgt McCabe was published earlier today.
It examined three main areas. They included the Tusla file containing the false rape claim against Sgt McCabe; former garda commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's legal approach at the O'Higgins Commission; and the alleged senior garda smear campaign against Sgt McCabe.
The report by Justice Peter Charleton is also critical of the former former garda press officer David Taylor.
It also accepts former commissioner O'Sullivan did not suggest that Sgt McCabe's integrity should be challenged at an earlier inquiry - the O'Higgins Commission of Investigation.
The report, based on evidence given in three modules over a period between July 2017 and July 2018, makes findings on the roles of a number of key individuals and agencies.