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Three gardai fired from the force in just one month

Member of the force with links to The Don’s gang is among Gardai forced out of service

Published 19/07/2010 | 23:59

THREE GARDAI - including one with alleged links to The Don’s crime gang - have been sacked within weeks of each other.

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The officers were dismissed from the force amid separate allegations of theft, disclosing confidential information and for renting unsafe properties.

All three were removed from their jobs over the period of just a month – and an internal bulletin has been dispatched to city stations this month notifying officers of the dismissals.

The force’s serious crime team, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, is examining one of the cases, concerning the garda who allegedly leaked information to Eamon Dunne’s west Dublin gang.

The officer’s dismissal is likely to be the highest profile of the three.

The officer, based at a Dublin station, was dismissed in recent weeks following an eight-month internal probe into his activities.

The Herald previously revealed how the officer had been arrested and a shotgun seized at his home in a search there last October.

According to sources, the disgraced officer is believed to have leaked confidential information to a member of the Eamon’s Dunne crime gang, Graham McNally, who was subsequently shot dead in an internal gang row. Dunne was himself murdered last April.

Another officer was dismissed after allegations of theft from an elderly lady and attempted fraud. A third sacked officer, Kevin Galvin, was recently convicted of breaching health and safety laws by housing three adults and a baby in a garden shed.

Meanwhile, The Don probe officer was arrested last October and the shotgun was discovered at his home. The weapon has been taken from an evidence room in a garda station.

The officer's girlfriend was also arrested at the time.

The internal investigation escalated as the officer under suspicion allegedly tried to use innocent colleagues to access information.

“When the man was off duty he would ring members who were working looking for information about suspects,” a source claimed.

“They would then pass the information on to the Don’s man – but it could not be traced back to him, rather to his colleagues who were working at the time,” said the source.

The second garda was dismissed in the past month amid allegations of stealing from a vulnerable old lady and using a sergeant's credit card to pay for a Christmas party.

The garda, in his 20s, was based in a Dublin station was accused of stealing from the woman following a 999 call.

He was also investigated for fraudulently using a superior’s credit card to pay for a Christmas party – after pocketing party cash handed over by his colleagues.

Debts

The officer and his partner are believed to have debts of up to €500,000, relating to loans taken out from financial institutions.

Detectives who began an investigation into the cash theft from the woman’s home subsequently received reports from the garda’s colleagues about the alleged theft of a cash fund for the station’s Christmas party.

It was claimed that the garda had collected funds of €70 a head from colleagues for the party but did not attend the event and gave his colleagues a credit card number to pay for food and drink at the bash.

When the amount was charged to the card it was discovered that it belonged to a sergeant based at the man’s station who had no knowledge that his card number had been used.

The third garda recently dismissed, Garda Kevin Galvin, was sacked last month after it was discovered that he had three adults and an 18-monthold baby living in a garden shed heated by an oven.

Galvin, who is in his 30s and lives in Furry Park Road, Killester, was working in information technology at Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park.

He was convicted late last year on three counts under health and safety legislation relating to a number of properties he was renting out.

An internal garda inquiry following his conviction led to his dismissal.

During the initial High Court hearing last month, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy was told two of the properties rented out by Mr Galvin represented “a clear and present danger”.

At one of the properties, on Phibsboro Road, Dublin, three adults and a baby were living in what was described as a shed in the back yard heated by an oven. The other property, at Cabra Park, Phibsboro, was divided into flats.

A fire prevention officer deemed the Cabra Park and Phibsboro Road properties to be a fire hazard and a risk to the tenants.

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