Sinn Féin’s Martin Ferris has said that there are still many unanswered questions around the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation into the case of convicted drug trafficker and garda informant Kieran Boylan.
Deputy Ferris was speaking today on Sinn Féin’s motion calling for an independent inquiry into the alleged bugging of the GSOC offices.
Deputy Ferris said:
“There are still many questions, some of which have been raised by Labour Party Minister of State, Joe Costello, surrounding the case of drug trafficker and garda informant Kieran Boylan. How did the Minister know that the bugging wasn’t something to do with that case?
“This man is not a small player in the drugs world. He was caught with two and a half million euros worth of heroin.
“The Director of Public Prosecutions decided to drop the charges against him as his trial was drawing to a close.
“The ombudsman complained that the Gardaí had deliberately delayed and frustrated its four-year inquiry into allegations Boylan was allowed by his Garda handlers to continue dealing drugs while he supplied information on the dealers to whom he was still selling.
“Deputy Costello knows in his heart that if he was in opposition and not part of the Labour Party, which has devoted itself to propping up this government, that he would be joining with Sinn Féin and other opposition deputies in calling for an independent inquiry into this whole affair.
“How can the decent gardaí who do their best to carry out their duties properly keep the confidence of the public when this latest debacle remains under wraps and not subject to proper public scrutiny?
“How are they to have confidence that the Garda Ombudsman’s office can pursue their complaints in circumstances, like these, where the gardaí are not co-operating and the government is not fixing this?
“An independent inquiry is essential so that public confidence in the Ombudsman’s Commission and the gardaí can be restored and that all outstanding questions can be answered at last.”