Thursday 14 December 2017

Real-life garda's back on the 'Love/Hate' beat

Kieran O’Reilly: acting role
Kieran O’Reilly: acting role

Paul Williams and Kirsty Blake Knox

The real-life detective who played an undercover cop in 'Love/Hate' is returning for the new season of the hit TV show.

Former drugs squad officer Kieran O'Reilly (35) who plays fictional garda Ciaran Madden, is scheduled to return to the set of the crime drama when filming for season five commences on March 19, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Show insiders revealed that the real-life undercover detective recently received his script and is expected to be given a more prominent role as the gardai move closer to smashing the empire of gang boss 'Nidge'.

"Season Five is going to be even more intense and hard- hitting than the previous series and Kieran will be playing a major role – he has proved to be a really talented actor with a natural flair," a source close to the show said.

It is understood that the detective, who was transferred out of the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) as a result of his role in the show, will be taking annual leave to coincide with the days he is required on set.

O'Reilly, who worked as an undercover drug squad officer on the streets for six years, caused consternation among the garda top brass following his debut in 'Love/Hate' last October.

Commissioner Martin Callinan ordered a disciplinary inquiry into the detective's involvement in the show.

Senior management was furious and expressed concerns that the character played by Detective O'Reilly was "too close" to his former work with the GNDU.

However, it emerged that he was not in breach of any disciplinary regulations

O'Reilly has since been transferred to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).

Meanwhile, Brian F O'Byrne, who stars as Detective Mick Moynihan in the gangland series, has been cast in the lead role in new US pilot 'Exposed'.

The show, which is written by 'Love and Other Drugs' creator Charles Randolph, follows an investigative reporter who will stop at nothing to land a killer story.

Irish Independent

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