Tuesday 20 August 2019

Probe into garda's 'relationship with drug dealer'

Miley McDonald (37) and Patrick Cawley (20) were intercepted before “a crime could be
committed”, a garda told Blanchardstown District Court. Stock photo
Miley McDonald (37) and Patrick Cawley (20) were intercepted before “a crime could be committed”, a garda told Blanchardstown District Court. Stock photo
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Allegations a garda had a sexual relationship with a suspected drug-dealer and tipped her off about a search are expected to feature when the Disclosures Tribunal returns next week.

Two Garda whistleblowers have given statements to the tribunal about the matter in recent weeks.

Claims that people with no previous criminal records were coerced into procuring drugs and selling them to undercover gardaí to boost detection rates are also expected to be examined.

The claims relate to alleged incidents in the Athlone area a number of years ago.

Former Court of Appeal president Sean Ryan, who is now presiding over the tribunal, will sit next Thursday at Dublin Castle, where he will introduce the tribunal's remaining term of reference.

This module will consider complaints by members of An Garda Síochána who made a protected disclosure prior to February 16, 2017, alleging wrong-doing within the force and who claim to have been targeted or discredited with the knowledge or acquiescence of senior officers as a result of making their disclosure. The previous module found penalty points whistleblower Maurice McCabe was "repulsively denigrated" by former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Irish Independent

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