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'Surprisingly high': 282 cases of alleged Garda misconduct are being reviewed

That’s a lot.


JUSTICE MINISTER FRANCES Fitzgerald has revealed that a departmental panel is investigating 282 cases of alleged Garda misconduct.

Speaking in the Dáil chamber this morning, Fitzgerald said that number was much higher than had been expected.

The Fine Gael minister was responding to a question from Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesman Niall Collins.

She pointed out, however, that despite the surprisingly high number, many of the cases may ultimately end up being dismissed.

Where it is found that there is a case to be answered, the misconduct will be passed on to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman’s Commission (GSOC).

The investigation, set up in light of the Guerin report, was criticised last week by PJ Stone, General Secretary of the Garda Representative Association.

He said the delay in getting it up and running was doing “incalculable” damage to junior Garda members.

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