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Garda Ombudsman’s serious criticism of Garda management raises profound public concern- Sinn Féin

10 May, 2013 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

 Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter to act immediately on the serious criticism of Garda management outlined in the report from the Garda Ombudsman on their Public Interest Investigation into the alleged collusion between members of the force and a convicted drug dealer, Kieran Boylan.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“The public will be deeply alarmed at the very serious criticism of Garda management; the on-going deficiencies in their procedures and operational guidelines; and their wilful and arguably illegal lack of cooperation with the Garda Ombudsman’s investigators.

“This was a Public Interest Investigation by an independent body empowered by the Oireachtas and by law into matters of the gravest concern. If the concerns outlined last night by Kieran Fitzgerald of the Garda Ombudsman Commission are not addressed urgently and their recommendations following this investigation implemented, then the damage to the credibility of the Garda Ombudsman and public confidence in An Garda Síochána will equally be in tatters.

"A particularly damning assertion by the Garda Ombudsman is that recommendations arising from the Morris Tribunal on procedures around the handling of Garda informers and the taking of contemporaneous notes by Gardaí have still not being implemented. That tribunal cost the taxpayer €60 million euro yet the lessons have clearly not been learned by Garda management”.

The Donegal North East Deputy concluded:

“I am calling on the Minister of Justice, Alan Shatter to act immediately on what is now a crisis. Not only will he have to address the Garda Ombudsman’s concerns but serious questions remain about how convicted drug dealer Kieran Boylan had subsequent serious charges dropped against him with no explanation and how he obtained a haulage licence after his conviction."


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