Higgins hands over Garda claim files

FG MEP says he was approached by two new Garda whistleblowers

Jim Higgins: gave files from whistleblowers to Garda.

Jim Higgins: gave files from whistleblowers to Garda.


Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins has presented files alleging Garda malpractice from two new whistleblowers to the Department of Justice.

Mr Higgins, who is contesting the European election next Friday in Midlands-North-West, said he was approached seven weeks ago by a serving sergeant in a station in the northwest and a former rank-and-file member of the force, now retired.

He said he was approached by the whistleblowers in light of his work for the McBrearty family in Co Donegal, which contributed to the establishment of the Morris tribunal.

While Mr Higgins made reference to the approach from the new whistleblowers in a Raidió na Gaeltachta interview a fortnight ago, he said the story “died a death”. Their claims had not previously been made public.

Asked whether he was raising the matter again now that polling day was approaching, Mr Higgins said the whistleblowers had approached him in recent days inquiring as to whether progress was being made. They felt thwarted by more senior members of the force when they sought to execute prosecutions.

“When I met the whistleblowers, they presented me with very real and shocking information,” Mr Higgins said, adding that he initially approached former minister for justice Alan Shatter with the information.