Tuesday 23 May 2017

Garda is sacked over 'leaks to associates of dead gang boss'

Tom Brady, Security Editor

A GARDA has been sacked following an investigation into allegations that he gave confidential information to associates of murdered gangland boss Eamonn Dunne.

He is one of three members of the force dismissed by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy following internal inquiries.

The three sackings, which are not related, were given government consent at a cabinet meeting earlier this month.

Investigation

The garda at the centre of the Dunne inquiries was based at a Dublin station. He was also the main focus of a criminal investigation by detectives from the national bureau of criminal investigation after the allegations emerged.

It is understood that a number of print-outs of confidential information that had been downloaded from the garda's Pulse computer were seized during searches carried out as part of the investigation.

The garda strongly denied the allegations when he was questioned by detectives.

A file is now being prepared by officers for the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought.

The internal inquiries that resulted in the decision to sack the garda were carried out separately from the criminal investigation.

The investigation was launched after detectives involved in a crackdown on the drug-trafficking gang led by Dunne became concerned about certain information in the possession of some of the leader's associates. They feared that confidential details on garda operations were being leaked.

A number of lines of inquiry were pursued by detectives before they questioned the garda.

Dunne (34) was murdered in a Dublin pub on April 23. Three men have been arrested so far in connection with the shooting at the Faussagh House pub in Cabra but all were released without charge.

The gangland boss was shot in the head and back while drinking with friends at a party.

Gunman

The gunman walked through the crowd and opened fire as Dunne sat in the bar. He was one of a four-man gang involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, the two other gardai to be sacked were dismissed following inquiries into unrelated incidents.

One of the dismissals is related to an investigation carried out into alleged financial irregularities. The third sacking is connected to business activities carried out by the garda in his private life.

Irish Independent

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