Inquiry into source to be made public
A GARDA report on their inquiries into the source of the leaked letters written by Trevor Sargent to members of the force will be published "as quickly as possible".
Justice Minister Dermot Ahern pledged yesterday that the garda findings would be made public as a senior officer prepared to begin his investigation into the leaks.
Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has appointed Chief Superintendent Michael Finn, from Cork, to take charge of the investigation. His brief is two-fold. He has been asked to:
- Examine and inquire into all of the circumstances surrounding the public disclosure of the correspondence sent by Mr Sargent to the gardai.
- Inquire into the complaint made by Green Party election candidate Gary Fitzgerald, who alleged last week that former Defence Minister Willie O'Dea was guilty of potential criminal misconduct by swearing an incorrect affidavit; and claims by Mr O'Dea that he had got his information wrongly linking Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan to a brothel in Limerick city from a garda source.
Meanwhile, Dominic McGowan, the constituent being represented by Mr Sargent in his letters to gardai, has lodged a complaint with the Garda Ombudsman Commission over the investigation into the incident that led to his conviction, for threatening and abusive behaviour, by the courts.