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GSOC will not probe ex-gardaí's bugging claims

Published 02/11/2015 | 02:30

The GSOC believes the passage of time has now made the complaints inadmissible
The GSOC believes the passage of time has now made the complaints inadmissible

Allegations of unauthorised bugging made by two ex-gardaí will not be investigated by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

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The former gardaí claim they witnessed the bugging of the homes of witnesses and other locations.

The claims stretch back as far back as 1992, according to an RTÉ report.

It is understood that GSOC accepts that the two former officers have made "serious allegations" of criminality against members of the force, including a number of senior gardaí. However, GSOC believes the passage of time has now made the complaints inadmissible.

The complainants have written to Garda Commissioner Noírín O'Sullivan and the Fennelly Commission. The Commissioner submitted the data to GSOC last year. An internal inquiry concluded that no adverse findings should be made against any garda.

Irish Independent

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