Top officers exonerated after anonymous allegations

Top officers exonerated after anonymous allegations

The Anonymous Allegations, as they became known, accused then Assistant Commissioner Kevin Carty – who headed the internal probe into corruption in Donegal – and his former colleague, retired Assistant Commissioner Tony Hickey, of corruption.

It stated the decorated officers used disgraced former Det Sgt John White - sacked in 2006 for planting evidence on suspects – to do their dirty work.

The bogus accusations involved perjury, blackmail, the cooking up of evidence and the framing of innocent people.

They remain totally unsubstantiated and respected officers Kevin Carty and Tony Hickey have been completely exonerated and their reputations vindicated.

Judge Morris described the claims as appalling allegations, untrue and unwarranted.

They were passed to Fine Gael’s Jim Higgins and Labour’s Brendan Howlin in Summer 2000 before being brought to then Justice Minister John O’Donoghue, ultimately leading to the tribunal.

The documents received by the two TDs claim a Dublin-based detective sergeant had all the information on the two top gardai.

Kevin Carty has since gone on to become an internationally respected police officer serving in Bosnia and Vienna but told the tribunal his career has been tarnished – in effect mud sticks.

Tony Hickey is retired but was credited for heading up the labyrinthine investigation into the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin.

Mr Howlin was given the material by Martin Giblin, a senior barrister who acted for the McBrearty’s and while he did not compose them, he reported them in good faith.

Mr Higgins received the file from Frank McBrearty Snr, who denied writing it.

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