Pat Rabbitte has told the Disclosures Tribunal his driver told him Maurice McCabe couldn’t be trusted.
The former Labour Party leader has been giving evidence before the Tribunal which is investigating if senior gardai made allegations to smear the garda whistleblower.
Pat Rabbitte told the Disclosures Tribunal in 2014 his then driver, who was a former garda, told him his colleagues believed Maurice McCabe couldn’t be trusted with children.
The former Labour leader said the driver wasn’t propagating rumours but seemed to be alerting him to be careful about testifying about the garda whisleblower’s character.
However, the driver John Kennedy denies he ever said this.
He took to the witness box in the DT and there was a moment of light relief and laughter when he said Pat Rabbitte could be grumpy in the morning and the former Minister saw him more than his wife.
But his evidence turned serious when he said he never said anything to Pat Rabbitte about Maurice McCabe and child abuse.
‘I never said it – I never would say it’ he said – ‘it’s too sensitive and it’s too horrible’.
He said this has upset him and his family.