White to quit Gardaí after Morris Tribunal conclusions

The detective sergeant at the centre of the latest Morris Tribunal reports has confirmed his intention to leave the Gardaí.

The detective sergeant at the centre of the latest Morris Tribunal reports has confirmed his intention to leave the Gardaí.

John White has confirmed that he has submitted an application to retire following yesterday's damning revelations of corruption and abuse of power within the force.

Mr White has been suspended from the force since June 2001 as a result of investigations into alleged corruption in Donegal.

In one of its reports yesterday, the Morris Tribunal concluded that he had planted a gun at a Travellers' camp in Burnfoot in 1998 to justify the arrest of several men.

Mr White was recently acquitted of the same charge during a high-profile court case.

Mr Justice Frederick Morris has also concluded that Mr White used an informer to set up the McBrearty family in an after-hours drinking case and was involved in the placing of explosives at a telecommunications mast in Ardara.

Detective Sergeant White slammed the conclusions yesterday and continued to deny any wrongdoing. He confirmed today that he would not be seeking to return to his job.

"I have enough of the Gardaí and their corrupt ways," he said. "I'm talking about certain officers of An Garda Siochana. I could not work with them again."

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