Gardai and watchdog reach deal after row
THE garda authorities and the force's watchdog have reached a deal on how to avoid a repeat of the recent public spat over the sharing of sensitive information.
The row erupted over delays in handing over some information to the Ombudsman Commissioner during the investigation into allegations of collusion between members of the force and convicted drug trafficker, Kieran Boylan.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter announced yesterday he had set up a committee within his department to ensure there were no further difficulties. The committee will include senior representatives from both sides.
A deal on how to share information is contained in a memo of understanding, which has been signed by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and the chairman of the commissioner, Simon O'Brien.
Requests for sensitive information will be sent by the Ombudsman to the assistant Garda commissioner in charge of crime and security and agreed categories on what can be shared will be circulated by a headquarters directive.