It all centres around the gardai’s alleged interactions with a crime gang in Limerick
All three officers are now suspended from duty and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions after they were released overnight.
A Superintendent and Inspector were lifted as part of a major probe into Garda collusion with a criminal gang in the mid-west.
A third garda, a Detective, was re-arrested for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after new information emerged.
The probe, which began over a year ago, is led by experienced investigators from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
A source said: “One officer had been given a promotion.
“A second officer – arrested for allegedly passing over confidential information – previously served in operations targeting organised crime.
“The third officer arrested, a Detective, is alleged to have taken €20,000 from a crime gang in Limerick for passing information on investigations.”
The investigation has been ongoing for more than a year and involves elite investigators from the NBCI – some of whom were previously involved in Ireland’s most high-profile murder investigations.
It all centres around the gardai’s alleged interactions with a crime gang in Limerick.
It is believed investigators monitored phone traffic between garda officers and gang members warning them of an impending raid by gardai.
The investigators have also seized a video relating to a drug offence.
As previously revealed by the Irish Mirror the gangsters have filled the vacuum left by the McCarthy-Dundon mob.
They are now the biggest dealers of drugs on the west coast and are led by two men based in Limerick.
They have been the subject of Criminal Assets Bureau probes.
In one CAB raid, targeting suspected money laundering, dozens of cars were seized, along with thousands of euro and sterling in cash.
Sources have said one key area in the whole probe is the involvement of the criminals and allegedly one of the gardai in the greyhound racing scene. One source added: “One major element of this is the sale, purchasing and training of greyhounds.
“As part of the probe the NBCI obtained warrants for phone traffic and bank accounts.”
It is understood the suspects have been detained for questioning in Athlone, Thurles and Shannon Garda stations. They can be held for a maximum of 24 hours.
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A Garda statement said operations were led by Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll together with Deputy Commissioner John Twomey.
There have been five arrests in total, with one of the gardai involved having been detained twice.
Gardai have also searched a number of addresses as well as a Garda station in previous operations.
The Deputy Commissioner stated: “An Garda Siochana is fully committed to investigating any alleged wrong-doing or corruption involving Garda personnel, and will work with other relevant agencies in doing so.
“As this is a live and ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to make any further comment at this time”.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said: “While I obviously can’t comment on individual cases, I expect a thorough and timely investigation.”
A garda spokeswoman said:
With many thanks to the: Irish Mirror and Ciara Phelan for the original story
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