Sunday 21 October 2018

Now Ó Cualáin to be quizzed by the Garda smear tribunal

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin will be questioned by the Disclosures Tribunal. Photo: PA
Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin will be questioned by the Disclosures Tribunal. Photo: PA
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin is expected to be questioned by the Disclosures Tribunal over the handling of an investigation into alleged Garda collusion in the heroin trade in the Midlands.

Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly told the Dáil last month that a harassment complaint from the whistleblower at the centre of the controversy, Garda Nick Keogh, was never received by the head of human resources in the force, John Barrett.

It is now understood Mr Barrett has been in touch with Gda Keogh's legal team and is to take up the matter with the tribunal judge Peter Charleton.

Mr Ó Cualáin, who last week attended a pre-retirement course in Templemore, is due to be called before the tribunal to answer questions about the complaint and the handling of the wider investigation.

Ms Daly told the Dáil last month that despite Gda Keogh making his original complaint about collusion more than three-and-a-half years ago, not a single person has been arrested, charged or questioned under caution.

Irish Independent

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