Saturday 1 October 2016

Report finds 'human level' failures - but no garda corruption

Published 09/05/2016 | 12:21

Claims made by Sgt McCabe in relation to an alleged assault in a pub were found to be 'factually incorrect'.
Claims made by Sgt McCabe in relation to an alleged assault in a pub were found to be 'factually incorrect'.

A commission established by the Fine Gael-Labour government has revealed serious failures in criminal investigations in the Cavan-Monaghan division in 2007 and 2008.

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But the report, by Mr Justice Kevin O'Higgins, did not find any evidence of garda corruption.

The report, seen by RTE News, said the failures it investigated were "at a human level and caused by poorly supervised individuals".

Victims of crimes were "not well served" by the Garda Ombudsman or investigations that ensued, according to the report.

Futhermore, the report details how the majority of which were led by probationer, or newly-graduated, gardaí.

Eight criminal investigations were detailed which included assaults, dangerous driving, child abuse and murder.

The commission was launched following complaints from garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

The Irish Independent reported last month that although some of the claims Sgt McCabe made in relation to investigations and how they were conducted were "inaccurate", "overstated", "unfounded" or "without foundation", Mr Justice Higgins found that Sgt McCabe lodged the complaints because he had genuine and legitimate concerns about investigations carried out by gardaí in the district.

Sgt McCabe is described in the report as courageous and to have provided a public service in highlighting issues at a considerable cost to himself.

It is said to have found he is a man of integrity who the public could trust in his duty as a garda.

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