This is a Munster based Crime Gang, (possibly Rathkeale) who have Global connections, it is Alleged. This is a most Serious Crisis again in our Gardai – implications are some Gardai are “involved” with these gangs.

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Eight gardaí suspended as part of investigation into corruption

The officers have been removed from duty while the
              National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) carries
              out its inquiries into allegations of corruption in public
              office.

The officers have been removed from duty while the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) carries out its inquiries into allegations of corruption in public office.  

November 09 2020 02:30 AM


Eight gardaí based in different counties have been suspended and are under criminal investigation on suspicion of not prosecuting road-traffic offences.

The officers have been removed from duty while the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) carries out its inquiries into allegations of corruption in public office.

Their suspension is part of a major internal and criminal inquiry into ‘squaring’ of penalty points in the Munster area, where fixed-charge penalty notices were not followed through on.

The officers suspended are all of garda rank and are based between two different garda divisions in the region.

It is understood that a significant number of incidents have been identified where detected road offences were not prosecuted.

In a statement over the weekend, Garda Headquarters said: “Further to an ongoing investigation led by the Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations, involving personnel attached to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, eight members of An Garda Síochána have been suspended.

“This element of the investigation is focused on corruption in public office.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, An Garda Síochána will not be commenting on the rank or the location of the members of An Garda Síochána who have been suspended .”

The NBCI investigation is currently both a criminal inquiry as well as an internal probe, with the criminal aspect understood to be focusing on whether there was interference with the administration of justice or attempts to pervert the course of justice.

Last year, 14 gardaí were questioned and phones seized, while civilians including GAA players were also interviewed.

The alleged non-prosecution of traffic offences emerged after a superintendent’s phone was seized and analysed as part of a separate inquiry into alleged misconduct.

That senior officer, who retired from the force last night, is alleged to have told a garda colleague that he was under investigation and that a listening device had been placed in his car.

He was also accused of being in the presence of a garda inspector in a Limerick pub in January 2019, when the inspector is alleged to have snorted cocaine. The Director of Public Prosecutions declined to prosecute the inspector in relation to the matter.

Detectives within the NBCI had identified at least 35 instances where the now-retired superintendent was involved in fixed-charge notices and court summons which allegedly amounted to attempting to pervert the course of justice. All allegations have been vehemently denied by him.

He had previously been centrally involved in high-profile investigations into organised crime in the Munster area and had been suspended from duty since May 2019.

He was hospitalised last year for a number of months and it is understood that his retirement is on health grounds.

As part of the wider inquiry a prominent sports figure was arrested last year on suspicion of being a conduit in the supply of information between gardaí and a Munster-based organised crime group.

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