Monday 22 January 2018

Garda 'moved from special task force over relationship with crime family girlfriend'

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Tim Healy

A GARDA claims he was wrongfully removed from a special task force that tackles organised crime because of his relationship with a woman whose family members were involved in criminality.

The claims were made by Gda Joseph Kavanagh, now stationed at Ballyfermot, in High Court proceedings against the Garda Commissioner.

Gda Kavanagh wants the court to make an order restoring him to the Special Crime Task Force (SCTF)

He said the actions taken against him were “unjustifiable and unfair” and he feared they would have adverse consequences for his career.

He said he was removed from the SCTF last December, hours after gardai searched his partner’s apartment.

In an affidavit, Gda Kavanagh said he had been seeing the woman for four years and that she had “no connection whatsoever with any person involved in criminality”.

She was “a respected member of the community”, “deplores crime and criminality” and was “a law-abiding citizen”, he said.

Two members of the woman’s immediate family, who are now dead, were involved in criminal activity.

Hours after the search, Gda Kavanagh was called to a meeting with his superiors at which he was told that he “needed time away from SCTF because of what happened that morning”.

During the meeting, reference was made to his relationship with the woman, which he said was offered as a reason for his removal from the SCTF.

The judge granted Gda Kavanagh permission to serve short notice of the proceedings against the commissioner. The case comes back next week.


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