Garda Commissioner not expected to apologise to whistleblowers

martin callinanA spokesman for the Garda Commissioner says he has no plans to issue a statement on the whistleblower controversy today.

Martin Callinan has been under renewed pressure since the Transport Minister last week called on him to withdraw his description of whistleblower actions as 'disgusting', and other ministers backed the call.

The issue is expected to be discussed at cabinet tomorrow, which added to speculation that Commissioner Callinan would speak in advance of the meeting.

Mick Clifford of the Irish Examiner still expects to hear from Commissioner Callinan, but does not think he will be apologising to whistleblowers.

"I would say he will make a statement that will go - what he will regard - as going someway the distance you might say, and I would guess that statement will be framed such that politically, along with another gesture, it will be regarded as acceptable to the Labour Ministers and therefore the immediate political problems at Cabinet level will be resolved" he said.