A prolonged inquiry into severe allegations made by Garda whistleblower Nicky Keogh has dominated that they weren’t substantiated.
The Disclosures Tribunal has revealed its newest report after hearings held throughout 2019 and 2020 into complaints by Garda Keogh that he was focused after he made a voluntary disclosure.
“Garda Keogh complained to this tribunal that senior officers of An Garda Síochána targeted or discredited him following the protected disclosure that he made on 8th May 2014,” Mr Justice Sean Ryan stated in his report, revealed on Thursday.
“The tribunal in this report details its consideration of all of the instances of targeting and discrediting that Garda Keogh set out in his complaint and is satisfied on the evidence that the complaints are not justified.”
The case doesn’t reveal proof of the conduct envisaged by the Oireachtas in its mandate to the inquiry within the time period of reference that led to the prolonged pubic hearings, the decide stated.
“This is to not say that every thing that occurred in relation to Garda Keogh was passable.
“Neither does it imply that Garda Keogh acted in unhealthy religion.
“It is important, however, in fairness to the serving and retired garda officers whom Garda Keogh accused of serious misconduct, to state that the tribunal finds that the charges are not substantiated.”
Among these in opposition to whom Garda Keogh made allegations was the previous Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan.
“The political atmosphere in 2014 in regard to garda and justice matters was febrile, with allegations of scandal and maltreatment of whistleblowers, including the shocking story of Sergeant Maurice McCabe,” the decide stated.
“Many in the media and political worlds suspected An Garda Síochána of cover-ups and wrongdoing,” he stated.
He stated Garda Keogh was predisposed to suspicion of the Garda investigation set as much as study his complaints, and of its chief, Donall O Cualain, whom he noticed as a part of the drive’s institution.
“Somehow this led him to the extreme conclusion that the assistant commissioner was intent on sabotaging the investigation he was appointed to head.”
Garda Keogh accepted that there was no proof to again up this jaundiced view of the officer however held on to the assumption, however that he got here to belief the senior detectives who had been conducting and directing the enquiries, the decide stated.
“Garda Keogh saw himself as a person engaged in a struggle with the establishment of a large and malign organisation that was determined to do him down because he had pointed out corruption.”
Garda Keogh’s involvement in political affairs appears prone to have added its measure of psychological stress, the decide stated, referring to the Garda’s dealings with various politicians.
“Also, his resort to alcohol as a means of alleviating stress may well have done the opposite to the intended effect.”
Garda Keogh’s grievance to the tribunal listed twenty-two events the place he alleged he had been focused, though he didn’t proceed with all of those points on the public listening to.
“The deserted points included a really severe and damaging one by which he alleged that former Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan telephoned Superintendent Pat Murray in April 2015 to inform him to tug away from Garda Keogh and to isolate him.
“Garda Keogh informed the tribunal that he couldn’t bear in mind who had informed him in regards to the alleged cellphone name. Obviously, the declare was taken very significantly by the previous Commissioner and likewise by Supt Murray.
“The former Commissioner and the superintendent were left without any explanation of how this allegation came to be made.”
The allegation in opposition to the officers is one instance the place the decide stated that Garda Keogh made complaints for which there was no proof, and which had been illustrative of his “state of mind”.