No charges to be brought after four-year probe

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has rejected criticisms of the force by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission following its investigation after alleged collusion between members of the force and Kiernan Boylan from Ardee who was arrested in 2005 in connection with the seizure of drugs worth 1.7 million euro.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has rejected criticisms of the force by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission following its investigation after alleged collusion between members of the force and Kiernan Boylan from Ardee who was arrested in 2005 in connection with the seizure of drugs worth 1.7 million euro.

The Ombudsman accused gardaí of delaying its investigation and expressed serious concern about informant handling procedures.

A report published last week on the force’s covert human intelligence system shows the High Court judge monitoring the system was satisfied gardaí are in substantial compliance.

The ombudsman’s report criticised the garda informant handling procedures, training, management and governance and recommends changes.

The ombudsman is also seeking independent access to the garda PULSE computer system.

Minister Alan Shatter said he will convene a meeting to make sure that any difficulties have been resolved.

The Ombudsman Commission accused gardaí of delaying its investigation into the case of Kieran Boylan, convicted of drug dealering against whom further drugs charges were dropped in July 2008.

The public interest inquiry examined the nature of the garda relationship with Mr Boylan.

A file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who directed that nobody should face prosecution.

The Ombudsman has also decided that no gardaí should face disciplinary action.

The report took the Ombudsman over four years to complete. The DPP took four months to decide it could not support criminal prosecution.