Sinn Féin TD makes protected disclosure to Justice Minister over Garda allegations

Martin Kenny has previously made claims in the Dáil about alleged Garda misconduct in the Leitrim district

Sinn Féin TD makes protected disclosure to Justice Minister over Garda allegations

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A Sinn Féin TD has made a protected disclosure to the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

Martin Kenny says he is making the disclosure over concerns about alleged Garda misconduct in the Leitrim district.

He previously outlined his concerns in the Dáil.

Speaking under Dáil privilege in May, Deputy Kenny claimed that “rogue” gardaí in the district have used criminal informants to set up and entrap people so they can be prosecuted.

He also alleged senior officers had reprimanded gardaí who tried to investigate or raise concerns about criminal activity.

GSOC has previously said some of the claims are being investigated.

In a statement today, Deputy Kenny said: “I am disappointed that no meaningful action or consultation with me has taken place since then, so I am using the provisions of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Guidelines to provide more details to the Minister, arising from information provided to me by third parties."

He adds that he has also approached the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC), asking them to take over the investigation into the disappearance of Leitrim man Pat Heeran.

“As an elected Teachta Dála for the district about which I am making this disclosure, I find I am not receiving a satisfactory response or an indication that my allegations are being taken with the seriousness that they deserve," Deputy Kenny explains. 

“It emphasizes again how difficult must be the experience of being a whistleblower from within the Garda Siochana or as a civilian complainant, who unfortunately, experience tells us have been treated appallingly."