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Garda board to investigate Corrib allegations

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by Fiona McGarry
A panel of three high-ranking gardaí has been appointed to investigate allegations about the behaviour of 25 officers during security operations at the Corrib gas terminal site in Bellanaboy.
Sixteen complaints have been lodged with the Garda Complaints Board. They concern Superintendent Joe Gannon – the officer in charge of security operations at the site – and 24 other members of the force.
The gardaí who will examine the complaints are Chief Superintendent Gerry Mahon of the Clare Division; Chief Superintendent Paul Hargadon of Garda Headquarters; and Superintendent Michael Jackson of Harcourt Street Station.
The newly established Garda Ombudsman is due to begin work next week, but the Garda Complaints Board is continuing to handle up to 500 complaints. The complaints relating to policing at the Corrib gas terminal could take over a year to reach referral to board level.
A complaint under separate legislation has been prepared by Independent Deputy Jerry Cowley in relation to alleged tapping of his telephone and that of five prominent Shell to Sea campaign members.

Posted Date: 
3 May 2007 - 8:08pm