I get where you are coming from, but this deserves a new thread because yiz are all missing the point of what Callinan did. He met John McGuinness - a decent enough person, by FF standards - very shortly before McGuinness was due to chair the PAC talking to McCabe.It takes a special sort of scumbag to smear someone as a paedophile in the manner we have seen. You know the ones, that order others to do it, keeping plausible deniability between them and the smear. What makes it worse is that when you cry wolf over someone, when the real wolf comes along, no one believes them, but that's neither here nor there for the special scumbags, not their problem. I would be of the opinion that abusing power in this criminal manner should be a treasonable offence with mandatory jail time of 10 years minimum, would put an end to much of this sort of caper overnight.
The standard narrative was that Callinan was there to smear McCabe and discredit him in McGuinness' eyes. Seriously?
McGuinness is 60 years of age, he has been a TD for 20 years, he's a good performer and certainly no fool. He could see in seconds that the allegation was nonsense; he knew that Callinan and the garda top brass despised McCabe and if they had the slightest excuse, they would have him banged up in Mountjoy at the drop of a hat.
Callinan was not smearing McCabe. He was threatening McGuinness.
Callinan didn't need to do it overtly. He knew that McGuinness knew that McCabe was a decent guy, and telling the truth. Callinan's message was 'We can do this to him, we can do it to you too.' Like most threats, it was more powerful for being unspoken.
That is why McGuinness didn't go public on the 'meeting' straight away - he was under threat. And that is why, when Callinan was on the back foot, and no longer in a position to threaten him seriously, McGuinness mentioned the meeting in the Dáil.
And that is why, now that Callinan and his snivelling little sidekick O'Sullivan are on the ropes, McGuinnesss is freer to give more information about the substance of what Callinan said to him.