Garda suspended for over five years in watchdog probe
A garda inspector, three sergeants and 25 gardai have been suspended from duty under probes by garda watchdogs, it has been revealed.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald confirmed that 24 members were the subject of investigation to the Garda Siochana (Discipline) Regulations, and the remaining five were the subject of investigation by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GCOC).
In a written Dail reply to Independent TD Clare Daly, Minister Fitzgerald stated that specified breaches of regulations include discreditable conduct, discourtesy, misconduct, neglect of duty, falsehood or prevarication, breach of confidence and abuse of authority.
Other breaches could include neglect of health, untidiness, prohibited spare-time activities, intoxication, drinking on duty, failure to comply with a lawful instruction, criminal conduct, corrupt or improper practices and misuse of money.
The longest term of suspension currently being served by a garda is five years and one month.
Minister Fitzgerald said it is not possible, at this time in the investigation process, to identify if any breaches of discipline may have been committed as they are still under investigation.
Separately, Minister Fitzgerald confirmed to Fianna Fail Justice spokesman Niall Collins that An Garda Siochana spent at total of €227,873 on taxis last year.
This followed a spend of €208,047 in 2013 and €244,711 in 2012.
An Garda Siochana has spent more than €80,000 so far this year on taxis to transport people who are in garda custody.
The minister said people are transported to prison in garda vehicles by officers as part of their routine duty.
However, other methods of transport such as taxis, are used where they are deemed deemed operationally expedient.