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Sunday 25 March 2018

Government to set up forum for 'endless stream' of garda malpractice complaints - Taoiseach

Garda Maurice McCabe meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny who was canvassing in Mullingar
Garda Maurice McCabe meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny who was canvassing in Mullingar
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The government is to set up a new forum to deal with the "endless stream" of allegations of garda malpractice, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Mr Kenny said the cabinet sub-committee on Justice has agreed to put in place a "structure" which will examine complaints from whistleblowers until the proposed revamp of the Garda Ombudsman is completed.

It emerged yesterday that Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins met with two new garda whistleblowers and passed allegations of malpractice onto the Department of Justice and An Garda Siochana.

Mr Higgins claimed that the allegations are "very serious" and involving claims of suspects being framed and bullying within the force.

“While any interference with our justice system is totally unacceptable, the faccusations contained in the files are extremely serious," according to the Midlands-North-West candidate.

"I’m talking the planting of drugs, framing of suspects, and extreme bullying, with tragic consequences, for those who don’t play ball. Obviously this matter needs to be investigated immediately.”

Mr Kenny said Mr Higgins informed him of the new allegations in recent weeks.

"We need to put in place a forum or a structure which will deal with any of these allegations up to a particular date. Beyond that date they will be dealt with by a revamped GSOC," he said.

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