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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Garda in poison pen letter claim is arrested

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Photo: Damien Eagers/Irish Independent
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Photo: Damien Eagers/Irish Independent

A FEMALE garda has been arrested over allegations that she sent poison pen letters, emails and text messages to senior officers, including Commissioner Martin Callinan.

The officer was freed without charge after being questioned for several hours by detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI).

The Herald understands this is the second time the woman has come to the attention of her superiors having previously been the subject of a probe into a separate spying matter.

It is now alleged that she was involved in a campaign of harassment against Commissioner Callinan, other gardai and a DPP official.

The middle-aged garda was released from Dublin's Irishtown Garda Station on Friday but the investigation is ongoing.

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The Herald can reveal she was previously given a large fine and a warning after being accused of obtaining the phone records of an ex-boyfriend.

The Dublin-based garda was not sacked from her job, but was transferred to another unit.

NBCI detectives monitored her activities for months before arresting her last Friday. She has been suspendedand sources say she is likely to face charges.

"Her activities have caused a lot of distress and things are not looking great for her now," said an insider.

In the latest case, the official in the DPP's office made a complaint last December after receiving what were described as "highly distressing" e-mails.

As gardai began an investigation, they found neighbours of the officer had made harassment complaints against her.

In one case, the HSE investigated an innocent couple for child abuse after receiving an anonymous email containing malicious false allegations.

The garda's computer has been seized and is being examined while a file on the case is prepared for the DPP.

kfoy@herald.ie

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