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Legal panel to examine Garda misconduct allegations

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By John Donovan

The Irish Times has published an article under the headline “Legal panel to examine Garda misconduct allegations.”

Extracts

The Government has decided to hire seven barristers to examine as many as 220 outstanding allegations of Garda misconduct received from members of the public in light of the whistleblowers affair. The move came as the Government approved terms for draft laws to strengthen the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission with new powers, including the right to investigate any alleged criminal conduct by a Garda commissioner. In respect of some 220 allegations about members of the force, Attorney General Máire Whelan will engage a panel of two senior counsel and five junior counsel to scrutinise files and advise whether further action is required. At issue is a deluge of allegations received from the public by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ministers, TDs and Government departments.

The Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) investigation of police corruption allegations made against Shell by a Shell supplier turned whistleblower, OSSL, is apparently still in progress.

This is despite the fact that it is now getting on to a year since the latest investigation kicked off and despite a written pledge sometime ago by the senior officer leading the investigation, Johan Groenewald, that his findings were imminent.

Mr Groenewald has already undermined the integrity of his investigation by injudicious comments made on the record.

Is he now afraid of publishing his findings?

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