Vigils held in support of Sgt Maurice McCabe

Vigils held in support of Sgt Maurice McCabe

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A series of vigils have been held across the country including in Co Clare in solidarity with Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

Events were held in Ennis and Kilrush and took place outside the local Garda station.

The vigils were organised by the campaign group Uplift who believe whistleblowers provide an important public service and must be protected.

The group added that the vigils are also aimed at showing support for other members of the force.

Event organiser and Uplift spokeswoman Siobhán O Donoghue said: “These vigils are our way of standing in solidarity with Maurice McCabe, his family and all other Gardaí who want to speak out about wrongdoing.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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