Saturday 1 October 2016

Garda chief yet to meet GSOC file demand

Published 22/05/2016 | 02:30

A garda spokesperson said: 'It would not be appropriate for An Garda Siochana to comment on GSOC investigations. In general, An Garda Siochana's compliance rate in providing documentation for GSOC within 30 days is over 95pc'
A garda spokesperson said: 'It would not be appropriate for An Garda Siochana to comment on GSOC investigations. In general, An Garda Siochana's compliance rate in providing documentation for GSOC within 30 days is over 95pc'

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has come in for renewed criticism from Independent TD Mick Wallace for her failure to supply the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) with an investigation file into claims of criminality and corruption in Athlone by gardai involved in the detection of drugs offences.

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The Sunday Independent understands that GSOC requested the file detailing the force's investigation into claims made by Athlone-based Garda Nicky Keogh to the Garda confidential recipient on January 7 last. While such requests require compliance within a period of 30 days, it is understood that the Commissioner has yet to provide the file to GSOC.

Asked to comment, a Garda spokesman said: "It would not be appropriate for An Garda Siochana to comment on GSOC investigations. In general, An Garda Siochana's compliance rate in providing documentation for GSOC within 30 days is over 95pc."

The spokesman insisted that An Garda Siochana supported any member who made a protected disclosure.

"Any member who does this is supported and with their consent is offered welfare and employee assistance services. Independent TD Mick Wallace, who has raised Garda Keogh's allegations in the Dail on a number of occasions, was scathing of the Garda Commissioner's apparent inaction however. He said: "Noirin O'Sullivan has said she has been 'hands on' when it comes to dealing with whistleblowers Garda Keith Harrison and Garda Nicky Keogh. But she has behaved abysmally."

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