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Disarray continues at Irish Police Ombudsman Commission

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Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 16.11.57By John Donovan 

It is not long off a year since the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) begun investigating OSSL whistleblower allegations of police corruption against Royal Dutch Shell in relation to the troubled Corrib Gas Project. 

Although Johan Groenewald, the person leading the investigation,said some time ago that publication of his findings was imminent, the process seems to have ground to a halt, possibly due to other controversial events surrounding the GSOC. 

There is some indication of the degree of disarray by the news today that a high level whistleblower – no less than a deputy chief of the GSOC – has “put the boot into watchdog boss and his former colleagues in a scathing five-page resignation letter.” 

GSOC deputy chief lifts the lid on ‘failures’ at the Ombudsman HQ: Irish Monday, 7 July 2014


WHEN Ray Leonard resigned as deputy head of investigations at the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission last weekend, he claimed it was because of a litany of operational deficits and difficulties he had with the policing watchdog. His extraordinary five-page resignation letter – seen by the Sunday Independent – reveals all was not well behind the glass doors of GSOC headquarters on Dublin’s Abbey Street. His departure was the latest curious twist in the Garda spying saga that brought GSOC to crisis point, seriously damaged the force, and prompted an ultimately inconclusive inquiry by retired High Court judge, John Cooke.

This news will further undermine the credibility of all findings of GSOC investigations undertaken while the unit has been operating in crisis mode. 

The ongoing scandals have already led to the resignations of the Irish Justice Minister and the Garda Commissioner (Chief of the Irish Police Force).

If Mr Leonard has any difficulty in publishing his comments in the Irish media, I would be pleased to oblige. 

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