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Saturday 20 September 2014

‘Bugging’ controversy: AGSI chief calls on Simon O’Brien to resign

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Published 11/02/2014 | 12:24

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Simon O'Brien from the Office of the Garda Ombudsman arriving for a meeting with the Minister for Justice at the Department of Justice yesterday. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Simon O'Brien from the Office of the Garda Ombudsman arriving for a meeting with the Minister for Justice at the Department of Justice yesterday
Simon O'Brien from the Office of the Garda Ombudsman
Simon O'Brien from the Office of the Garda Ombudsman

THE head of the influential garda body, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has called on Ombudsman Commission chairman, Simon O’Brien to resign from his post.

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AGSI general secretary, John Redmond said this afternoon that Mr O’Brien should now consider his position in the wake of the controversy over whether his commission’s headquarters building had been bugged.

As the Cabinet was being briefed by Justice Minister Alan Shatter on the bugging claims, Mr Redmond said Mr O’Brien, a former London Met officer, should have reported his suspicions that a serious crime had been committed at his headquarters to the gardai and the government.

“It is outrageous that he did not seek an investigation by the gardai, who are responsible for investigating criminality in this State”.

He said a large question mark now hung over the ability of Mr O’Brien to carry on in his position as chairman of the Ombudsman Commission.

He accused Mr O’Brien of usurping the government by failing to report the allegations to the proper authorities.

General secretary of the Garda Representative Association, P J Stone, called for an independent inquiry into the bugging controversy.

He also criticised the Ombudsman by making a reference to An Garda Siochana when discussing the allegations and asked why the force had been dragged into the controversy.

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