Elaine Byrne: Whistleblower bounty could be music to our ears
While Irish institutions may be instinctively hostile towards whistleblowing, embracing a US-style reward system could actually save the state a lot of money
Who would want to be a whistleblower? As the O’Higgins report on allegations of Garda malpractice into the Cavan-Monaghan region noted, Irish organisations and institutions have an “instinctive hostility to whistleblowers”. The focus shifts to those who made the allegations, not the allegations themselves.
Sergeant Maurice McCabe, the O’Higgins report found, was motivated by a “genuine concern” and dedication to the Gardaí.
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