Opposition politicians are to table questions to get answers as to why charges were dropped against drug-dealer Kieran Boylan. Boylan, when interviewed by Gardai, claimed that he was involved in an 'extra-judicial' operations for the Gardai involving the entrapment of individuals with drugs supplied to them by Boylan. Boylan apparently told Gardai that if the case against him got to court he would expose these activities on behalf of the Gardai. The Garda Ombudsman has refused to set up an inquiry, and politicians are calling on Dermot Ahern to set up a public inquiry to investigate.
Separately, a couple in Louth made a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman that their lives were threatened after they reported a drugs find set up by Boylan to the Gardai. The Ombudsman is investigating this, but apparently lack of evidence will mean that the inquiry is 'inconclusive'.Joe Costello, a Labour party TD, described the decision as “incredible” but said another type of official inquiry could be arranged.
“I believe Dermot Ahern \ can use his powers to organise an inquiry. The public have a right to know what happened because the issues involved are so serious,” Costello said.
The government has previously asked senior civil servants to investigate allegations of garda malpractice in special circumstances. The Oireachtas justice committee could also be asked to inquire into the affair, which some gardai say is similar to the Donegal corruption scandal that led to the Morris tribunal.
Charlie Flanagan, Fine Gael spokesman on justice, said he was disappointed by the garda ombudsman’s response but said answers could be obtained in the Dail. “I will be asking the minister to make a full statement,” he said. “This is a serious matter that goes right to the heart of our justice system.”
While it must be said that there is no proof of any Garda malpractice or cover-up, and that it might be explainable, some Gardai seem to think it stinks.
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