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

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Elaine Byrne

15th May, 2016
Sergeant Maurice McCabe Pic: RollingNews.ie

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.

Eleven separate reports and...

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