McCabe sex claim evidence kept private

Henrietta Strickland
July 14, 2017

Meanwhile A Garda told the Tribunal he wasn't aware of any malice towards Sgt Maurice McCabe at Bailieborough Garda Station in Cavan.

Members of the public are to be excluded from hearing the evidence of a young woman who made allegations of sexual abuse against a garda whistleblower.

Lawyers for various media organisations said it was in the public interest that bonafide members of the press should be present for her evidence which is due to start next week.

The Tribunal has heard that in 2006 a female - known only as Ms D- made a complaint against Sgt Maurice McCabe following a game of hide and seek in 1998.

The allegation was dismissed by the DPP, but it resurfaced years later as a rape allegation.

The tribunal is to decide if the woman will give her evidence in private because of the nature of the matters to be explored. She is due to give her evidence next week.

He said questions to witnesses should not stray outside the tribunal's terms of reference but if anything did emerge during the sitting that might infringe of "Ms D's" privacy, then he would order that such matter would not be reported.

Ms D was the daughter of a colleague of Sgt McCabe's.

He also wanted restrictions on any testimony that might not be relevant to the terms of reference.

Michael Kealey, solicitor for the Irish Daily Mail, said it was his view that if that if something "slipped out" during Ms D's evidence, the chairman had the power to tell the press not to report it.

The Tribunal's already heard the allegation was completely false and had been made because of a copy and paste mistake by a counsellor.

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