Sunday 25 March 2018

‘Rogue’ gardaí using criminal informants to entrap people, says TD

Gardaí accused of breaking rules on criminal informers

Sinn Féin's Martin Kenny
Sinn Féin's Martin Kenny
John Downing

John Downing

A TD today called for a new inquiry into how gardaí handle criminal informants.

Sinn Féin TD, Martin Kenny, stressed that the majority of gardaí in his native Leitrim upheld best standards and behaved correctly.

But he said problem behaviour by some gardaí was not confined to Cavan-Monaghan, the subject of the recent O’Higgins commission, or Donegal, which was subject of previous major inquiries.

Mr Kenny said he had been told about the problems by whistleblowers who were both serving and retired gardaí.

The TD said wrongdoing included:

* Engaging active criminals as informants.

* Running their own informants outside the Covert Handling of Intelligence Sources programme which sets ground rules.

* Using informers to set up or entrap people.

Deputy Kenny was speaking during the debate on the O’Higgins report. He said he wanted a commission of investigation into garda malpractice in the Leitrim District.

“I want to clearly state that in my area of Leitrim, as in other places, the vast majority of guards are doing their job honestly and diligently, Mr Kenny stressed.

“Some rogue gardaí have used informants, or criminals they have control over, to setup and entrap people for crimes and then prosecute these people,” Deputy Kenny added.

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