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'Garda whistleblowers are still victimised' - Mick Wallace TD

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Wexford TD Mick Wallace

Wexford TD Mick Wallace

Wexford TD Mick Wallace

INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace today told the Dail that summonses against a Fine Gael backbencher were being ignored.

Mr Wallace said despite promised garda reforms not much had happened.

He said "whistlebblowers" within the force were still being bullied and harassed while the subject of their allegations were being kept up to date about all allegations against them.

In the Dail the Independent TD for Wexford told the Taoiseach that an Athlone-based garda had gone to Mr Kenny's constituency office twice to raise concerns about a garda superintendent.

Mr Wallace said the superintendent had been since promoted to chief superintendent and later transferred to garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, where he was in charge of implementing a reform report from the Garda Inspectorate.

"What a load of baloney," Deputy Wallace said dismissively of garda reforms.

Amid strong protestations from the Dail chairman, Sean Barrett, Mr Wallace then said:

"I have details here of one of your backbenchers who has three fixed charges against him. Do you know what? They weren't terminated, though they're kept on a shelf, and the summonses weren't served."

The Taoiseach said he had written to Mr Wallace and asked him for details of the allegations made by the Athlone-based garda. "You didn't respond," Mr Kenny said.

Mr Kenny argued that the Government was currently involved in the most fundamental reform of policing in the history of the State and this was well advanced.

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