Charged with asking Garda to access Pulse system

A 24 year old man appeared before Dundalk district court last week accused of asking an off-duty officer to access the Garda computer system.

A 24 year old man appeared before Dundalk district court last week accused of asking an off-duty officer to access the Garda computer system.

The court heard it was alleged that Stefan Sharkey of Mullacrew, Louth had tried to find out what information might have been on the system about him.

He was before the court last Wednesday accused of doing an act calculated to induce a member of An Garda Siochana to commit a breach of discipline by means of the unauthorised communication of information on the Garda PULSE system at Courtney’s Bar, Park Street, Dundalk on the 11th of March last year.

Insp. Brendan Cadden told the court the DPP had directed summary disposal which means the case will be heard in the district court rather than the Circuit Court subject to the district court judges approval.

Judge William Hamill then asked for an outline of the allegations so he could decide on whether to accept jurisdiction.

Insp. Cadden said it was alleged that in a conversation an off-duty member was asked to disclose certain intelligence that was allegedly on the Garda computer system.

Insp. Fergus Treanor of Monaghan Garda Station added that it was alleged that the accused had offered a sum of money for information from the Garda PULSE system in relation to himself.

The court heard it would be a five witness case. Judge Hamill adjourned the case until the 23rd of May.