A SUPERINTENDENT and a rank-and-file garda arrested as part of a corruption probe within the force have been released without charge.
Both officers, who were arrested on Thursday morning along with a Garda inspector, have been suspended from duties. The garda inspector was released on Thursday evening and also suspended from duties. The superintendent was arrested on suspicion of the unlawful disclosure of garda information. The inspector was detained over suspected drugs offences and the garda was held on suspicion of conspiracy to prevent the course of Justice. Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said: “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.” The arrest operation was led by the Assistant Commissioner for Special Crime Operations, John O’Driscoll. It involved the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) and the Garda National Drugs & Organized Crime Bureau (UNDOUBTEDLY). Speaking in Dublin on Thursday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the arrests as serious. “I haven’t received a briefing from the Minister of Justice on that so I don’t know the background to it, but obviously it’s a serious development,” Mr Varadkar said.
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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.
Gardai arrest man after €63,000 worth of heroin and cannabis seized in Tallaght, Dublin
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:
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A number of premises were searched during the operation on Thursday.
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said three members of the force are in custody and being held for questioning.
He said the force was committed to investigating any alleged “wrongdoing”.
“An Garda Síochána is fully committed to investigating any alleged wrongdoing or corruption involving Garda personnel, and will work with other relevant agencies in doing so,” he said.
“As this is a live and ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to make any further comment at this time.”
The arrests were made in the course of an operation led by the Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations (SCO), and involving personnel attached to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB).
Gardaí said the superintendent had been arrested for suspected breach of the provisions of section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005.
The inspector was arrested for suspected breach of provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977-84, and a member of garda rank had been arrested for suspected conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, relates to the disclosure of information obtained in the course of carrying out duties
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A major probe is underway into the garda in question
An Irish woman has taken her own life days after a video of her walking down a road naked was allegedly filmed and posted online by a garda.
Accusations have been levelled at the garda that he used his phone to record CCTV footage of her arrest.
According to the Irish Sun the video was then posted on Facebook a couple of days later and viewed in excess of 100,000 times.
The clip was however removed from Facebook on April 11.
The woman’s body was then reportedly found dead the following day.
She is understood to be from north Dublin.
The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission confirmed to The Irish Sun that an investigation is underway.
It is understood the officer in question is suspended on full play and denies any allegations of wrongdoing.
A spokesperson for the GSOC said: “GSOC received a referral from the Garda Siochana in relation to this matter.
“They must refer any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a member of the Garda Siochana may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person so that it can be investigated independently.
“GSOC is undertaking an investigation into the conduct of gardai in relation to this woman before her tragic death.”
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Peter Matthews beaten in Garda custody, in Shercock Garda station, Cavan in April 1982. Died.
Derek Lehane died in Garda custody January 1997. Middleton Garda station Cork.
Norman McGrath died in Garda custody December 1977, Ballyfermot Garda station Dublin.
David O’ Connor died in Garda custody, January 1998. Wexford Garda station.
Peter Williams died in Garda custody, September 1998, Kilmainham Garda station Dublin.
Francis Brooks died in Garda custody September 1998, Tallaght Garda station Dublin.
Martin Hickey died in Garda custody May 1999, Trim Garda station Co. Meath.
Unnamed male died in Garda custody August 1999, Rathmines Garda station Dublin.
Derek Cooper died in Garda custody May 2000, Roxboro Garda station Limerick.
Walter Kells died in Garda custody October 2000, Drogheda Garda station Co Louth.
Patrick Hayes died in Garda custody May 2001, Dungarvan Garda station Waterford.
Unnamed male died in Garda custody June 2001, Store Street Garda station Dublin.
Thomas Mongan died in Garda custody September 2001 Galway Garda station.
Paul Magee died in Garda custody December 2002, Kilmainham Garda station Dublin.
John Maloney beaten in Garda custody May 2003, Rathfarnham Garda station Dublin. Died.
Unnamed male died in Garda custody June 2003. Tallaght Garda station Dublin.
John Delaney died in Garda custody September 2003, Kilkenny Garda station.
William Haugh died in Garda custody January 2004, Clontarf Garda station Dublin.
Peter Skelly died in Garda custody January 2004, Youghal Garda station Cork.
Thomas Campion died in Garda custody January 2004, Store Street Garda station Dublin.
Brian Rossiter (aged 14) beaten in Garda custody, in Clonmel Garda station June 2005. Died.
Terence Sherlock beaten in Garda custody September 2005, Store Street Garda station Dublin . Died.
Unnamed died in Garda custody December 2005. Monaghan Garda station.
Dwayne Foster died in Garda custody March 2006, Coolock Garda station Dublin.
Unnamed died in Garda custody November 2006. Waterford Garda station.
Unknown died in Garda custody 2006. Tougher Garda station Cork.
Unknown died in Garda custody 2006. Nass Garda station.
Unknown died in Garda custody 2006. Store Street Garda station Dublin.
Derek O’ Toole died in Garda custody March 2007. Lucan Garda station Dublin. Off duty Garda involved.
Dariusz Dobron died in Garda custody 2007. Tralee Garda station Co Kerry.
Mark Anthony Reidy died in Garda custody December 2007. Terenure Garda station Dublin.
Unnamed male died in Garda custody March 2009. Navan Garda station.
Unnamed male died in Garda custody June 2009. Sutton Garda station Dublin.
Antonio Nunes died in Garda custody 2010. Tallaght Garda station Dublin.
Unnamed male died in Garda custody May 2010. Tallaght Garda station Dublin.
Johnny Bevin died in Garda custody. Templemore Garda station Tipperary.
Unnamed male died in Garda custody June 2010. Dundalk Garda station Co Louth.
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Exclusive: Former Chief Superintendent Ivan Farr will lead the Strategic Transformation Office
A former top-ranked PSNI officer is set to be brought in to work with his one-time colleague Drew Harris to lead the garda change programmes.
The officer, former Chief Superintendent Ivan Farr, who was involved in counter terrorism among other operations, is set to take on the job in the coming months.
The Irish Mirror has learned that he will lead the Strategic Transformation Office in the Phoenix Park Headquarters.
It is understood that he will be appointed on a one year contract and will report to the Commissioner’s office.
A source said: “The officer underwent a full interview scenario in the recruitment phase – he was selected because of his background in difficult policing situations.
“One of the key areas for the appointee will be the proposed strategy of offering a severance package to senior officers.
“He will asked to produce a plan on how An Garda Siochana will cut back on Assistant Commissioner, Chief Superintendent and Superintendent ranks.
“He will come up with the strategy for the targeted redundancy package.
“The Strategic Transformation Office is going to be a difficult post, it will involve coming up with a lot of strategies that may be met with disquiet among the ranks.”
It is understood that Mr Farr has worked all his service in the RUC and PSNI and is seen as a “straight down the line” officer.
A source, who knows the former officer, said: “He is hugely well known in the PSNI as a manager who was very straight and down the line.
“He has a very strict view on wrong doing and will certainly involve that outlook in decision making.
“He has retired in recent times and is now involved in contract work.”
The Department of Justice, who gave the green light to the appointment, were asked about the contract but refused to comment and referred queries to the gardai.
A garda spokesman said: “The Report of the Commission on the future of Policing in Ireland identified that An Garda Síochána will need an injection of technical capacity and skills to support the level of change in this report and particularly in the initial phase of implementation, which is critical in any change programme.
“In response to that recommendation, An Garda Síochána is seeking to engage a range of external expertise to support change management, project managements and specific other skill sets for major projects.
“Given the timeframes for the delivery of projects under the action plan for the delivery of a Policing Service for the Future, a contractor has been appointed to the Strategic Transformation Office approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.”
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