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Friday 15 December 2017

Whisteblower John Wilson ‘very, very shocked’ by new allegations of garda misconduct

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

GARDA whisteblower John Wilson has said he is ‘very, very shocked’ by new allegations of misconduct in the force which have been made to him.

Mr Wilson claimed that several serving members of the force have approached him with new allegations of misconduct.

“I have recently been approached by a number of serving members of the Garda Siochana who have made serious allegations in relation to malpractice and corruption within the gardai”, he told Ivan Yates on Newstalk breakfast this morning.

He said he is in discussions with several Oireachtas members on how to deal with the new allegations.

“I have been in communication with Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and as recently as last night with Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD in relation to these new allegations.

“We are currently trying to formulate a plan to let these members have their concerns dealt with in a professional manner.”

Although he refused to disclose details of the new allegations, he said one allegation in particular was shocking.

“I was very, very shocked by one of these allegations”, he said.

He also called for all allegations of misconduct to be investigated by an independent panel, not serving gardai.

He spoke of a case where a garda made complaint which was forwarded to a superintendent who was recently the superintendent of the local garda station affected.

“As long as there are serving members of the Garda Siochana attached to Ombudsman it can be and never will be independent”, he said.

He also warned that any false allegations made against the gardai should be punished very severely.

Irish Independent

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