'No obstruction' of inquiry into drug dealer's case
GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan has denied garda authorities had obstructed inquiries by the garda ombudsman commission in the Kieran Boylan drugs case, writes Tom Brady.
The commission launched a public interest inquiry after drug trafficking charges against Boylan (pictured) a convicted drugs dealer, were dropped by the State.
The inquiry was carried out over the past four years and is now complete. The commission's report is due to be published this week.
Mr Callinan said the claims were not only untrue but that gardai had given full co-operation to the commission. But some issues such as the identity of garda informants had to be treated very sensitively, he added.
Boylan is alleged to have been allowed to continue importing shipments of drugs because he was passing information to gardai about trafficking.
Asked about the possibility that some prosecutions might have to be overturned, depending on the outcome of the investigation, Mr Callinan said that was a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions. If some cases collapsed, the gardai would be concerned, but that was not an issue at the moment.