Tribunal investigating alleged smearing of Maurice McCabe to call first witness today

The Tribunal set up to investigate allegations of a senior Garda smear campaign against whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe will hear from its first witnesses today.

It will look at the creation, distribution and use by TUSLA of a file containing false allegations of sexual abuse against Sergeant McCabe – allegedly sent to Gardai in 2013 – and whether this was used by senior members of the force to discredit him.

The first witnesses are from TUSLA, the HSE and the Rian Counselling service.

Today’s public hearings take place at Dublin Castle from 10 o’clock this morning.