The documentary, Whistleblower: The Maurice McCabe Story aired on RTÉ last night and the online reaction was huge.
In the programme, McCabe recalled how he first raised concerns of misconduct when he was sergeant of Baileborough Garda Station.
It’s the first time that Maurice and Lorraine McCabe have told their side of the story on TV.
In 2014, he was asked to appear before a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to give evidence about the cancellation of penalty points by senior gardaí.
After that appearance, former Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan launched a “campaign of calumny” on McCabe and his family.
It was later described as a “frontal attack.”
Callinan began to feed false information to TD John McGuinness, PAC chairman, saying McCabe could not be trusted.
He also said McCabe sexually abused children, including family members.
This was just the beginning of a nightmare that lasted for years for the McCabe family.
Unsurprisingly, reaction to the documentary was extremely strong with many praising McCabe and his family.
When all others failed, Maurice McCabe says he got a fair hearing at the Public Accounts Committee. Critics take note.
— Mary Lou McDonald (@MaryLouMcDonald) November 12, 2018
Maurice McCabe is such a hero.We don’t do enough to protect whistleblowers in this country. Protecting these people is the first step in getting true accountability in our Public Services whether it’s the Gardai or Health Care, needs to be in place for all sectors #whistleblower
— Stephen Teap (@Stephenteap) November 12, 2018
Brilliant further vindication of Maurice and Lorraine McCabe. #Whistleblower
— Vincent Browne (@vincentbrowne) November 12, 2018
#Whistleblower is a huge public service – pulling together the strands to capture the enormity of what was done to Maurice Mccabe – well done to Katy Hannon and the team.
— Ingrid Miley (@ingridmileyRTE) November 12, 2018
— Colette Sexton (@colette_sexton) November 12, 2018
The strength and decency of Lorraine and Maurice McCabe shining through the screen. Harrowing, powerful viewing and public service broadcasting at its finest #Whistleblower
— Paddy Cole (@PaidiCole) November 12, 2018
Part two of Whistleblower: The Maurice McCabe Story will air tonight on RTÉ One at 9:35pm.