A man claiming to be the drug dealer and garda informer Kieran Boylan whose case triggered the surveillance sweep at GSOC’s HQ, yesterday contacted the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.
Mr Adams told the Dáil that following a radio interview, a man claiming to be Boylan rang his Dáil office and complained about Sinn Féin highlighting his connection to the bugging crisis and complained about journalists having personal details about him.
The Louth TD said he told Mr Boylan that “if he had concerns about regarding public comment about him, he should come out publicly to outline his position. In 2008 on the last day of his trial Boylan had six charges in connection with a €1.7m drug seizure dropped amid claims he was a garda informant and they knew he was importing drugs while working for them.
GSOC spent four years investigating the gardaí in relation to the case. A 500 page report was given to the direction of public prosecutions but no further action was taken. Speaking last night during the debate on Sinn Féin’s private members motion Mr Adams reiterated a newspaper claim that it was the Garda commissioner who, in a meeting with GSOC, inadvertently revealed he was in possession of information that could only have come from internal GSOC documents.
It led to the three-person Garda Ombudsman Commission calling in the UK security firm while they held sensitive meetings in cafes near their offices because of bugging concerns.
Mr Adams said the case pointed to the need for a robust and fully independent police oversight and called for fully independent inquiry under the Commission of Inquiries Act 2004.
Earlier, Independent TD Shane Ross said following the penalty points saga, GSOC crisis and garda whistleblowers issues, a pattern was developing which showed “justice in this country is rotten to the core”. He said the fundamental problem was that the Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner were “joined at the hip” which must be severed.
Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony welcomed the Government review.
The motion was defeated by 82 votes to 49.
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