Garda Superintendent and two other Gardaí arrested in criminal offences investigation
Three members of An Garda Síochána have been arrested on Thursday morning.
Among those arrested is a Garda Superintendent, who has been arrested for suspected breach of the provisions of section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005.
This section reads: "A person who is or was a member of the Garda Síochána or of its civilian staff or who is or was engaged under contract or other arrangement to work with or for the Garda Síochána shall not disclose, in or outside the State, any information obtained in the course of carrying out duties of that person’s office, employment, contract or other arrangement if the person knows the disclosure of that information is likely to have a harmful effect."
A Garda Inspector, meanwhile, has been arrested for suspected breach of provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977-84. Another member, of Garda rank, has been arrested for suspected conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
A number of premises were also searched as part of the operation.
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing & Security, confirmed on Thursday that three members of An Garda Síochána are in custody and are detained for the purpose of questioning arising from suspicion that they have been involved in the commission of one or more criminal offences.
The Deputy Commissioner stated: "An Garda Síochána is fully committed to investigating any alleged wrong-doing or corruption involving Garda personnel, and will work with other relevant agencies in doing so. As this is a live and ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to make any further comment at this time."
The operation was led by the Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations (SCO), involving personnel attached the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB).