State admits liability in two claims brought by McCabe

The state has admitted liability in two of a number of claims brought against it by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

The high court was told that liability had been admitted in a personal injuries claim brought by Mr McCabe against the Garda Commissioner, Ireland and the Attorney General.

Counsel for Mr McCabe said while liability had been admitted in this particular case his client was seeking a hearing date when the level of damages Mr McCabe is entitled to can be assessed by a High Court judge.

Counsel said that the personal injuries action was initiated in 2009, and the hearing of the assessment of damages should take two to three days to hear.

Liability had also been admitted in another case also against the same defendants, which was lodged in 2011, where Mr McCabe claims he was defamed, which is due to be mentioned before the High Court, counsel added.

Counsel for the state defendants said while liability in the two cases had been “conceded in full” that it is her client’s hope that the quantum of damages could be mediated between the respective parties.

In reply, counsel for McCabe said while a previous mediation had not been successful, his side was ready to listen to what the state side has to say.

Mr Justice Cross said the court was happy to give the prospect of a successful mediation “every blessing”.

However, the judge agreed to fix the hearing of the assessment of damages in the personal injuries action to a date in early April 2019.

The actions are two of a number of cases Mr McCabe has brought against parties including the State, the Garda Commissioner, the Health Service Executive and Tusla, arising from the findings of the Disclosures Tribunal.