Disclosures Tribunal to examine claims by Garda formerly based in Athlone

The Disclosures Tribunal is to look into claims by a Garda whistleblower that he was discredited in the knowledge of senior officers after making a complaint about alleged misconduct within the force.

Garda Nicholas Keogh’s claim, which was raised in the Dail, relates to alleged Garda collusion with drug dealers in the midlands.

The first module of the Disclosures Tribunal looked at complaints of wrongdoing by senior Gardai – including the allegations by Maurice McCabe and Keith Harrison.

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This second module which is separate is examining any other complaints by Gardai who say they were victimised after speaking out about wrongdoing in the force, and that senior officers knew about it.

The first complaint the tribunal will examine is that of Garda Nicholas Keogh.

It won’t go into the alleged wrongdoing reported in his protected disclosure made in 2014, but it will examine the conduct by senior officers towards the Athlone-based garda and whether he was targetted or discredited following the complaint.

Senior counsel for Garda Keogh, Diarmuid McGuinness, told today’s hearing that the interviewing of witnesses, collecting of statements and submissions by those involved is underway.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan will chair this inquiry – and says the tribunal will begin hearing the complaint by Garda Keogh in late June.

The second module of the tribunal will also hear from other complainants and is likely to continue into 2020.