(Just an update if there hasn't been one, and a scrapbook of media coverage of the story.)
The Ombudsman appears to be clearing Garda of any wrongdoing regarding the granting of the Haulage Licance to convicted drug dealer, Kieran Boylan, but questions remain ...
from Kieran Boylan’s sister talks to gardai - Times Online
Catriona Boylan, a sister of the convicted criminal, has met garda ombudsman investigators and revealed her knowledge of Boylan’s relationship with members of the force.
Her boyfriend Mark Stone,who was convicted for his involvement in Boylan’s drugs operation, has also met the GSOC inquiry team, which is led by Paul Buschini, a former senior police officer from Lancashire, in northern England.
Evidence supplied by the couple is said to corroborate statements from other witnesses who claim Boylan was protected from prosecution by a small group of Dublin-based gardai in return for setting up drug seizures to boost their careers.
from Kieran Boylan: the drug dealer licensed to trade - Times Online
For years Kieran Boylan enjoyed a mutually profitable arrangement with rogue gardai. In return for him setting up drug seizures, a blind eye was turned to the convicted criminal’s own activities, enabling him to become a prolific drug trafficker.
Detectives received intelligence on the criminal underworld and drug captures which boosted their career prospects. But Boylan enjoyed a level of protection and assistance which is being investigated by the garda ombudsman, amid allegations that he was allowed to pursue illegal activities unhindered.
from Gardaí in the clear over drug dealer's licence - The Irish Times - Thu, Jun 25, 2009
A GARDA Síochana Ombudsman inquiry has concluded gardaí have supplied sufficient information to the Department of Transport for the department to seriously reconsider the granting of an international haulage licence to a convicted drug dealer [ Boylan ] from Co Louth
...The couple are understood to have revealed that Boylan trafficked drugs into Ireland at a time when he was “dealing” with gardai. Catriona Boylan claimed her brother boasted of having friends in the force.