Saturday 17 February 2018

Kenny backs new forum to probe garda complaints

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

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 on to the Department of Justice and An Garda Siochana.

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

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

Mr Kenny said: "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."

Irish Independent

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