Kieran Boylan, Prime Time investigates



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Yes, surprised this has got no coverage
There was some coverage when the case against him was dropped in unusual circumstances, but this programme takes the story to a whole new level.

Follow on coverage would need to be very carefully crafted, as that programme certainly was. A credit to all who appeared in it and those behind the scenes.

That was public service broadcasting at its finest.
 
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This has been going on for some time now. It really shows what is happening. Where is the Ombudsman commission now that this has been resurrected. Serious stuff.
 

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Pat Rabbitte, Labour Party spokesman on Justice Equality and Law Reform, said the most controversial case facing the new chairman was the case of Kieran Boylan, his relations with members of the Garda Síochána and the related question of why a nolle prosequi was entered by the DPP over charges of possession of €1.7 million worth of cocaine and heroin

"Incredibly, the charges related to this seizure were struck out and only re-entered after members of this House raised the issue," Mr Rabbitte said. "The only reasonable inference is that Boylan was saved from prison by the intervention of corrupt gardaí or he was protected because he is a Garda informant."

"The findings of the GSOC in this case will be a benchmark against which that body will be judged by law abiding citizens for the future," Mr Rabbitte said.


Ministers acting like 'provincial dictators' - The Irish Times - Thu, Mar 05, 2009
 

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That same report on the Times site has an interesting line from the Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern:

Commenting on high-profile cases referred to GSOC that were raised by the Opposition, he said these should be left to the independent commission to be independently examined.

The GSOC deals with conduct of Guards. So the question arising from the Minister's comment is: was it a member of the Garda Siochana who had the decision making power to drop the case?
 

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full pat rabbitte speech

The most controversial case on the desk of the new Chairman of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is the case of international drugs trafficker Kieran Boylan, his relations with members of the Garda Síochána and the related question of why a nolle prosequi was entered by the DPP in the matter of Boylan having been caught in possession of a €1.7billion Euro cache of cocaine and heroin.

Boylan had already been convicted and imprisoned in the UK and in Ireland (albeit for a surprisingly short sentence) for serious drug offences. He is a major importer of drugs into this country. While on bail he was caught red-handed in Ardee, in the constituency of the present Minister for Justice, with cocaine and heroin valued at 1.7 billion Euros. Incredibly, the charges related to this seizure were struck out and only re-entered after members of this House raised the issue. However, that was not the only amazing development.

On July 31, 2008, the last day of the Courts session before the summer recess, although not listed for mention and without notice, a nolle prosequi was entered on behalf of the DPP. Questioned by the Judge, Senior Counsel for the DPP stated only that “it is a matter for very, very careful consideration at a high level”.

Drugs have ravaged some of our communities, destroyed young lives, caused the murder of innocent civilians and caused a spate of gangland killings still underway. How could the prospects of putting a serious drugs criminal behind bars be undermined by a decision at a very “high level”?

The only reasonable inference is that Boylan was saved from prison by the intervention of corrupt Gardaí or he was protected because he is a Garda informant. Mr Justice Morris dealt with this issue of informants after the Donegal nightmare. The key requirement of the new informant system that he recommended would have required that all informants would be registered compulsorily and that a full assessment of the suitability of the informant would be undertaken by crime and security branch, there would be provision for oversight and periodic independent audits of the operation of the informant handling procedure and so on.

That could not have happened in this case and it really raises questions about whether such a critical recommendation of Morris has been properly implemented.

Since the DPP has announced that in certain circumstances he may be willing to provide public information in certain cases where he declined to prosecute, there appears to be compelling reasons why he should explain his decision in the Boylan case. As I understood the “Prime Time” programme, the inference is that Boylan is not a registered informant but that he has a relationship with individual Gardaí and that because of this, the criminal prosecution system moved to protect him.

I don’t rule out that there may be an explanation but most law abiding citizens will have very great difficulty envisaging what greater good could possibly justify the surreptitious entry of a nolle prosequi in the circumstances described. The findings of the GSOC in this case will be a benchmark against which that body will be judged by law abiding citizens for the future. If there is an explanation why a man importing poison and death should be exempt from the criminal justice system, we should be told what it is. Meanwhile the DPP should reconsider his decision to decline comment on this very serious case.
 
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If there is an explanation why a man importing poison and death should be exempt from the criminal justice system, we should be told what it is.

Meanwhile the DPP should reconsider his decision to decline comment on this very serious case.


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It is astonishing that this even needs to be said. More than astonishing that it has not been met with an immediate explanation. This silence is corrosive.
 
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If there is an explanation why a man importing poison and death should be exempt from the criminal justice system, we should be told what it is.

Meanwhile the DPP should reconsider his decision to decline comment on this very serious case.


Pat Rabbitte TD

It is astonishing that this even needs to be said. More than astonishing that it has not been met with an immediate explanation. This silence is corrosive.
And even more astonishing is the media silence since last August, outside of the Sunday Times, on something which has the potential to dwarf Donegal in its implications for the Gardai and the administration of justice in this country...
 

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Dermot Ahern says it would be inappropriate to comment.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said that he had received an interim report from the Garda Commissioner on the Boylan case and it had been passed on to the commission.

An internal Garda inquiry was ongoing and the commission had indicated it had opened a public interest investigation on the case.

It would be inappropriate, said Mr Ahern, to comment further.


http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0306/1224242372286.html

If they are the only inquiries under way, then it seems that no one is looking into where and why the decision to drop the prosecution was made. That decision was not in the end a Garda decision. So inquiries that look only into Garda conduct are inadequate to answer the questions that Pat Rabbitte and others want answers to.

The Minister should think this through again.
 

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And even more astonishing is the media silence since last August, outside of the Sunday Times, on something which has the potential to dwarf Donegal in its implications for the Gardai and the administration of justice in this country...
Some form of Omerta?

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Dermot Ahern says it would be inappropriate to comment.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said that he had received an interim report from the Garda Commissioner on the Boylan case and it had been passed on to the commission.

An internal Garda inquiry was ongoing and the commission had indicated it had opened a public interest investigation on the case.

It would be inappropriate, said Mr Ahern, to comment further.


Labour asks why drug charges struck out - The Irish Times - Fri, Mar 06, 2009

If they are the only inquiries under way, then it seems that no one is looking into where and why the decision to drop the prosecution was made. That decision was not in the end a Garda decision. So inquiries that look only into Garda conduct are inadequate to answer the questions that Pat Rabbitte and others want answers to.

The Minister should think this through again.
It is indeed true that the Garda Ombudsman Commission has put this incident on their list of Public Interest investigations under Sec 102 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005.

They have only ever commenced three Public Interest investigations.

Wheelock, Mary Seavers and this one which is no three on the list.

There is no update on their progress.

Their web site carries the following crazy statement

Investigations of this nature are complex and time-consuming. As a consequence GSOC does not indicate the possible length of time it might take to bring any one of the investigations to a conclusion.

I would not be holding my breath and if they finish their investigations they have to give it to the Gardai as the Ombudsman cannot take any action.
What a laugh, if it was not so serious.
 

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Dermot Ahern says it would be inappropriate to comment.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said that he had received an interim report from the Garda Commissioner on the Boylan case and it had been passed on to the commission.

An internal Garda inquiry was ongoing and the commission had indicated it had opened a public interest investigation on the case.

It would be inappropriate, said Mr Ahern, to comment further.


Labour asks why drug charges struck out - The Irish Times - Fri, Mar 06, 2009

If they are the only inquiries under way, then it seems that no one is looking into where and why the decision to drop the prosecution was made. That decision was not in the end a Garda decision. So inquiries that look only into Garda conduct are inadequate to answer the questions that Pat Rabbitte and others want answers to.

The Minister should think this through again.
It appears that while is is always appropriate for the public to ask questions on topics ranging from justice, health, finance, in the more recent times it is increasingly met with the brush off answer from the relevant minister of ...its inappropriate to comment.

i wonder why...
 

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One possibility is that there is something they do not want us to know.
 

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More from John Moloney in tomorrow's Sunday Times.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is examining scores of drug seizures, arrests and covert operations involving Kieran Boylan, a convicted heroin dealer whose relationship with the force is the subject of a collusion inquiry following an exposé by The Sunday Times.

The garda ombudsman now suspects that Boylan was “permitted” to import huge quantities of heroin, cocaine and cannabis, which he supplied to low-level dealers, who were later arrested, while he continued to wholesale drugs to other criminal gangs.

The scope of the GSOC inquiry has been extended to examine other startling claims, among them allegations that gardai informed Boylan that he was being targeted by other garda units. Personal details on gardai were also leaked to the criminal.


Ombudsman widens probe into garda drug collusion - Times Online

Labour want a word with the Commissioner.

The Labour party is planning to bring the garda commissioner before the next sitting of the Dail justice committee to answer questions about the affair. Joe Costello, a party TD, said: “I think the most appropriate way of getting answers would be to bring Commissioner Murphy before a committee where he can be questioned. The justice committee would be the most appropriate Dail committee to do this.”
 
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More from John Moloney in tomorrow's Sunday Times.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is examining scores of drug seizures, arrests and covert operations involving Kieran Boylan, a convicted heroin dealer whose relationship with the force is the subject of a collusion inquiry following an exposé by The Sunday Times.

The garda ombudsman now suspects that Boylan was “permitted” to import huge quantities of heroin, cocaine and cannabis, which he supplied to low-level dealers, who were later arrested, while he continued to wholesale drugs to other criminal gangs.

The scope of the GSOC inquiry has been extended to examine other startling claims, among them allegations that gardai informed Boylan that he was being targeted by other garda units. Personal details on gardai were also leaked to the criminal.


Ombudsman widens probe into garda drug collusion - Times Online

Labour want a word with the Commissioner.

The Labour party is planning to bring the garda commissioner before the next sitting of the Dail justice committee to answer questions about the affair. Joe Costello, a party TD, said: “I think the most appropriate way of getting answers would be to bring Commissioner Murphy before a committee where he can be questioned. The justice committee would be the most appropriate Dail committee to do this.”
It's insane, it shouldn't be taking this long to find out what was going on with these Guards. A criminal conspiracy, entrapment, and perverting the course of justice are the minimum charges that should be thrown at them (if I had my way, I'd charge them with treason).
 


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