Interesting story by John Mooney in the Sunday Times today.
The subject is an investigation by the Garda Siochana Ombudsmans Commission into possible miscarriages of justice which led to several unsafe convictions.
One of the convictions is that of Andrew Kearns, from Crumlin, who allegedly was under pressure to pay off a drug debt in March 2005.
According to the ST he agreed to pick up a consignment of four kilos of cocaine in Ardee and drive it to Dublin.
His contact in Ardee was Kieran Boylan who at the time was being investigated by several police forces across Europe for drug trafficking.
Kearns was stopped and arrested in Tallaght with the cocaine consignment and later sentenced to 10 years in jail.
The Gsoc launched a public interest inquiry into Boylan in 2008 after the ST revealed that he had escaped prosecution despite being caught with heroin and cocaine worth 1.7 million in Ardee by the Garda national drugs unit (GNDU) in October 2005.Unknown to Kearns, Boylan was involved in a relationship with Gardai who are now the focus of a collusion investigation by the Gsoc. In return for a blind eye being turned to his criminal activities it is alleged that Boylan agreed to set up rival and petty criminals for arrest
At the time he was on bail for an earlier 1 million euro drugs haul.
In custody, Boylan alluded to his involvement in entrapment operations and threatened to reveal all if charged.
The charges connected to the GDNU haul were dropped, then reinstated, but dropped again in 2008.
Boylan obtained an international haulage license from the Dept of Transport after Gardai provided misleading information to officials which suggested that he had no previous convictions.
It seems that it has taken the Gsoc almost four years to complete its report and its work has been obstructed by Garda management
No online link as the ST is behind a paywall.Martin Callinan has also made representations to the DPP on the case which may yet be called into question. He has taken no action against officers