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More serving gardaí have made 'serious allegations of malpractice and corruption'

Whisteblower John Wilson has also called for GSOC to be completely reformed.

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GARDA WHISTEBLOWER JOHN Wilson has revealed that a number of serving members of An Garda Síochána have come forward with fresh claims of malpractice.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, Wilson outlined that a plan is now being formulated as to how these concerns can now be voiced and dealt with “in a professional manner”.

“I have recently been approached by a number of serving members of An Garda Síochána who have made serious allegations in relation to malpractice and corruption”.

Wilson added that he, along with TDs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, “are trying to formulate a plan to ensure the safety of these still serving members”.

However, he did not disclose the nature of these allegations, but said he was “very, very shocked” by one in particular.

Wilson also called for the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) to be “completely reformed”.

Gsoc, as it currently exists, as long as they are currently serving members of An Garda Síochána connected to the ombudsman, it can never be truly independent.

Last week, MEP Jim Higgins claimed he had sent a new file of allegations of misconduct from serving members to the Department of Justice.

Higgins told Adhmhaidin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltacht he was approached because of his experience with the McBrearty case and the Morris Tribunal.

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