No charges brought against ex-garda suspected of tipping off colleague about investigation 3 hrs ago
An investigation into a former garda superintendent suspected of tipping off another officer that his car was being bugged has been dropped.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided no charges are to be brought against ex-garda Eamon O’Neill. Mr O’Neill was alleged to have tipped off a detective colleague in Limerick about an investigation into that officer’s involvement with criminals. A lengthy investigation carried out by a team from the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) has now ended without any charges.
Mr O’Neill’s solicitor, Dan O’Gorman, strongly criticised the investigation in the past and has now called for a public inquiry into how it was operated. “For the past two years Eamon O’Neill’s entire life has been left swinging in the wind over this outrageous allegation levelled at him,” Mr O’Gorman told the Irish Independent.
“He has always from the word go said he never did the things that were being alleged by the gardaí who investigated this.
“This is an outrage, what has happened to him. This has been a totally bungled investigation by the GNBCI which is the most resourced arm of An Garda Síochána.”
He said Mr O’Neill felt “destroyed” by the investigation.about:
“His health, family life and career have been needlessly destroyed. And the DPP has decided that he has no charge to answer. This all started over two years ago when a team from the GNBCI late at night barged into his home, entered his bedroom where he and his partner were asleep with their baby son in the room. He was arrested and brought to a garda station in Athlone.”
Mr O’Neill (54) had been charged with matters, he said, relating to the “squaring” of fixed penalty notices for speeding and minor motoring matters. His solicitor said this practice was “widespread” within An Garda Síochána.
“How this could have been done to a man who has given immense service to the State and in particular to Limerick where he played a frontline role in tackling the feuding gangs who caused death and mayhem for many years.
“The Minister for Justice should also look into this bungled investigation,” Mr O’Gorman said.