A number of gardaí are investigating whether the Garda Door Repair Authority is operating a “serious and organized crime” and the agency should be “closed”.
Key points:Gardaí have been conducting a forensic audit of the door repair agency after the death of former officer Michael DoyleDoyle was shot dead in May 2014Gardai are probing whether the agency’s operations have been “co-ordinated”The Garda Commissioner has called for an investigation into the organisation’s operationsThe Irish Times understands that Gardaí conducting a “forensic audit” of the organisation following the death last year of former Garda officer Michael Daly is in the process of gathering evidence.
Doyle, a 28-year-old from Co Kildare, was shot in the back of the head during a dispute with two men who he believed were stealing money from his car.
Daly’s death came just weeks after the release of the Gardai Ombudsman’s Report into the Gardae Garda Response to the Gardasdáil’s Operation Downfall in which three Garda officers were accused of the death.
In a statement, Garda Minister Michael McGrath said: “Gardasdóttrs investigation is underway and a full and thorough investigation will be carried out.
The Garda Ombudsman is investigating the Garde Door Repair Agency (GDRA) as a serious and organised criminal organisation.GDRAA has a number of serious and organized criminal offences on its books.
It is a crime that affects all Garda and all citizens.
We will not tolerate any criminal conduct, including any involvement in organised crime.”
Gardais spokesperson said there was no evidence of any criminal activity taking place at the agency.
In July 2014, former Gardai officer Michael Kelly was shot and killed in Co Kilkenny, in Dublin’s north-east.
The following month, a second Garda was accused of being involved in a similar murder.
Gardal force sources told the Irish Times that the agency has since been shut down.
“I think it is very sad that in the last 24 hours, we’ve had some garda and police officers arrested for alleged involvement in the murder of a former officer,” a source said.
“It is very disappointing.”
The Gardai are also investigating whether there was any criminal organisation involved in the shooting of the garda who fired the fatal shot.
“There is no evidence to suggest there was an organised crime element to this,” a spokesperson for the Gardaic organisation said.GDA spokesperson said:”This investigation is continuing and we have no further comment.”
The organisation’s management has been questioned by the Gardagetalí na nÓgica, which has been investigating the deaths.
It said it is working with the Gardan Commissioner to establish the facts surrounding the deaths and is liaising with the gardai investigating the death and any criminal charges.
A spokesperson for Garda Síochána said that the organisation has suspended the organisation.
The Gardagery Agency is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Criminal Justice Act, which sets out the conditions under which criminal offences can be prosecuted and the legal process that takes place in relation to them.