Monday 14 October 2019

Callinan's last-minute talks stopped publication of informants' names Martin Callinan: concerned

Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinnan
Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinnan

Tom Brady Security Editor

A REPORT into alleged collusion between gardai and a convicted drugs trafficker originally contained sensitive intelligence and the names of informants.

Only the last-minute talks between Commissioner Martin Callinan and the Garda Ombudsman Commission prevented the publication of this material.

The report had been compiled by the ombudsman after a four-year investigation into allegations of collusion between garda officers and Kieran Boylan, a convicted drug trafficker turned informant.

The report was due for publication last Thursday week, May 9.

But the garda authorities were unaware that it contained names and intelligence, which they had understood would not be disclosed.

They did not learn of the proposed contents until a copy of the report arrived on Mr Callinan's desk on Tuesday, May 7, less than 48 hours before publication.

Mr Callinan is understood to have become extremely concerned about the contents and immediately sought legal advice.

On the basis of that advice, he immediately contacted the ombudsman commission and outlined fears that the publication of the intelligence and names could endanger lives in the future.

As a result of the discussions, it was decided that the names and intelligence should be deleted from the report.

The Garda Ombudsman Commission said today they wanted to strongly refute the suggestion that they were intending to publish confidential intelligence and the names of garda informants.

The Ombudsman said that the report send to Commissioner Callinan was never going to be published in full.

Irish Independent

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