Wednesday 21 March 2018

Gardaí deployed to Border area after murders

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ground along the Border.

Last night, the Garda Press Office confirmed that Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan had ordered the deployment.

It said: "The Commissioner has directed an additional 25 uniformed gardaí to Dundalk Garda Station to support frontline policing and uniform patrols. In addition, a targeted intelligence-led investigation has been established into serious crime in the area, which includes resources attached to the National Units,"

Gardaí are also "examining" reports that one of their ranks has been acting as Provisional IRA informant. A garda spokesperson said the force could not comment any further on the shocking revelation in the 'Sunday Independent' yesterday, but stressed that the matter was under review.

"We are currently examining the content of the article and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time," said a spokesperson.

It has emerged that an officer has allegedly leaked sensitive information that relates to garda investigations into Provisional IRA-controlled cross-border smuggling rackets and money-laundering operations.

Concerns have also been raised into the alleged tampering of evidence in a number of investigations.

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins called on the Commissioner to investigate the matter. He said the issue required a review, with the findings to be relayed to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

It is understood that the garda in question has links to a Provisional IRA figure who is a close associate of Adrian Crevan Mackin, who murdered Garda Golden last week.

This associate, from Armagh, is also reported to be a suspect in the murder of Det Garda Donohoe in Co Louth in 2013.

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