Many Rogue Gardai still lurking in the Shadows. We cannot forget the Thousands of Euro’s stolen from within Garda Stations, proceeds of Crime, and Evidence in Court cases? Sean Sherlock stated in the Dail at least e70,000 went missing in a number of Stations in Dublin and beyond. Imagine a Garda Station the Crime Scene of a Robbery? This has to embarrass many Decent Coppers?

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Twenty-two Gardai convicted of crimes in last three and a half years

The convictions cover drink driving, misuse of drugs, sexual crime, and an offence under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act

 

Twenty-two members of An Garda Síochána have been convicted of a crime over the past three and a half years.

The records – released under Freedom of Information (FOI) for the first time by the Internal Affairs Section of the gardaí – detail a range of different convictions for officers.

The convictions cover drink driving, misuse of drugs, sexual crime, and an offence under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

The gardaí said details of disciplinary action taken against the convicted officers would not be released because it was “of a personal nature to the individuals involved”.

They said they needed to confidentially maintain details of its disciplinary proceedings and that this outweighed the public interest in knowing what, if any, sanction had applied to the gardaí involved.

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The records show that two members were convicted under Section 52 of the Road Traffic Act, which covers offences of careless driving.

Another three gardaí were listed as having convictions under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 which deals with theft offences.

For offences under Section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act – covering harassment – there were two convictions.

A single conviction under Section 6(1) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act was recorded as was a conviction under Section 3 Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act relating to sexual exploitation of children.

There was one offence recorded under Section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act relating to disclosure of confidential information.

One conviction under Section 25 of the Criminal Justice Act covering Theft and Fraud Offences was listed as was a conviction under Section 12 of the Criminal Law Act on “providing false reports”.

A garda member was also convicted under Section 5 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, which deals with production and distribution of child pornography.

One member received a conviction under Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act, covering driving while under the influence. They were also convicted of having no NCT or tax.

 

A single conviction relating to a drink driving offence in Northern Ireland has also been listed.

Two further convictions under Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act – driving while intoxicated or exceeding alcohol limits – have been recorded by gardaí.

Another member was convicted under the Misuse of Drugs Act while one garda had a conviction under Section 26 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act along with a road traffic conviction.

The garda record also included one person convicted under Section 45 of the Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences) Act relating to exposure or offensive conduct of a sexual nature.

A further conviction for a sex crime under Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act was also recorded by their Internal Affairs section.

The details were obtained by transparency group Right to Know following an appeal to An Garda Síochána, who had originally refused to release them.

A spokeswoman for An Garda Síochána said: “(We) do not comment on individual cases.

“Any procedures invoked as to a member being convicted of a criminal offence is on a case by case basis and is carried out based solely on the merits of each individual case and specificity of each case which is presented to the organisation.”

Fred concludes:  These are the numbers we know about.  I would go a step forward and state there must be at least 1,500 Rogue Gardai out there.  They work in groups, strictly private, with their own Omerta Rules.  Decent Gardai have informed sources who I have been in contact with that somedays in their stations, they feel so embarrassed of who they have to work with.  Maurice McCabe has placed a massive dent into the Rogues privte club but there is a lot more work to do.  The Gardai need more Whistleblowers but they have to be honest and have their facts.  If this means taking a recording so be it.  This morning I have to say I feel sorry for former Minister for Month, Barry Cowen, who had his name dredged and rolled out in the public arena like a beach whale in Wexford.  If you read the above, you will see a paragraph where a Garda spokesperson say “We don’t comment on individual cases” – I presume they don’t want the hurt/feelings of the families but yet Barry Cowen was railroaded on every media outlet in this country and the leak, if it came from Thomas Byrne, or whoever shafter Barry Cowen, the core source of the leak had to come from within the Gardai.  I will close by saying, let us not forget the PETER PAN BLUFFER OF IRISH JOURNALISM who sourced all his stories from certain Gardai, now retired.  One is a retired Supt and it can be said he was a bad apple.  If he was around now – O yes John I mean you – he would probably be before the courts.  Enough said.  Fred

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