Thursday 18 January 2018

Judgement reserved over Smithwick Tribunal costs

JUDGEMENT has been reserved in the application by retired Dundalk garda Owen Corrigan for legal costs arising from the Smithwick Tribunal.

The tribunal, chaired by Mr Justice Peter Smithwick, heard the application for costs on Monday.

The former detective sergeant was one of three former gardaí who were investigated by the tribunal to see if they colluded with the IRA in the murder of two senior RUC officers.

Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan died after they left a meeting at Dundalk Garda Station in March 1989.

The tribunal found, in its report released in December, that there was collusion, but said it was impossible to identify who had leaked the information about the meeting to the IRA.

Judge Smithwick concluded that Mr Corrigan's evidence was 'evasive, inconsistent and not credible'.

He also concluded that Mr Corrigan had had inappropriate dealings with the IRA.

The judge has indicated that he does not propose to award Mr Corrigan his costs for the tribunal, but that was contested by the legal team for the retired officer.

The Argus

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