Controlling The Investigation


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Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan with, to her left, Detective Superintendent Tony Howard

But this newspaper can reveal that several senior members of the force have contacted Garda Headquarters in recent days to request instructions and guidance because they either want to submit evidence, or fear they will be called as witnesses.

A number of senior officers voiced concern that this instruction was not forthcoming.

And in further revelations, Ms O’Sullivan – who is at the centre of the Charleton Inquiry – has appointed some of her closest associates to the liaison team with the judge involved.

These are understood to include retired assistant commissioner Mick O’Sullivan and former chief superintendent Brendan Mangan.

It can also be revealed that Detective Superintendent Tony Howard has been made go-between for the force and Judge Charleton.

This is despite the fact that the officer is a close associate of both Commissioner and her husband Detective Chief Supt Jim McGowan

Good times.

Associates will form ‘ring of steel’ around garda chief in inquiry (

Yesterday: Maurice McCabe calls for Nóirín O’Sullivan to stand aside during tribunal (Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner)


31 thoughts on “Controlling The Investigation

  1. mildred st. meadowlark

    Is there no way that she can be forced out of her job? As in legally get her out while all this is happening?

    Like, really, can someone explain to me how the hell she’s still allowed to be in office, while there is a bloody investigation ongoing, and she is at the bloody centre of it? How has this been permitted?

    1. Boj

      I don’t think it’s possible to explain. It’s beyond belief that it has trundled on this far.
      It’s pure unadulterated corruption in our faces now! Sure what are we going to do about it!

    2. Sheik Yahbouti

      Japers, never thought I’d end me days as a conspiracy theorist, but the clumsy, transparent attempts to control and spin information here would give anyone pause. Perhaps we should in fact be grateful that our ‘legendary’ cute hoors, are not nearly so legendary now that the people have the means to obtain information – and not rely on our equally ‘legendary’ nods and winks. I still await the Republic, don’t let me down lads.

    3. classter

      You’ve got to assume that she knows an unbiased investigation will not reflect well upon her.

    4. Kieran NYC

      What is the procedure for firing a commissioner? I know it came up back in the previous regime with Cullinan, but I can’t seem to remember.

      If it was in the UK, she’d be gone long ago.

      1. Fergus the magic postman

        Callinan (supposedly) retired, after a visit to his home by dept of justice secretary general.

        1. Fergus the magic postman

          Thanks for that link. Seems the government have the power to at least suspend her out if they so wish.

          So, I wonder why they haven’t done so. What could be stopping them?

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            She’s got all the durrrt on Noonan, that’s my guess.

            That man is hiding a wasteland of dirty secrets under a teeny tiny rug.

  2. Increasing Displacement

    She is destroying* the public faith in the Garda…I’d imagine

    *Further destroying

  3. Topsy

    O’ Higgins report was a cover up – no mention in his report of the two Gardai who lied under oath giving evidence. Incredible stuff.
    This one will be no different. It will be buried by referral after referral to the High court.

  4. edalicious

    Lads, can we not fly in some Canadian or UK cops or something to sort this out? I know a couple of gards that are just completely distraught about the whole thing, they want change and accountability but are completely powerless to do anything about it.

  5. nellyb'Sullivan
    Educational Qualifications[edit]
    Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Executive Institute (NEI XXXIV) – Executive Leadership Programme designed for Chiefs of Police worldwide (2011)
    Advanced Management Diploma (1st Class Hons) – Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin (2007)
    Executive Education Programme – Driving Government Performance, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2007)
    Master of Business Studies (1st Class Hons), Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin (2006)
    Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
    Certificate in Strategic HRM Development, Irish Management Institute (2005)
    Bachelor of Arts Degree (1st Class Hons) Police Management – awarded by HETAC and delivered by Garda College and University of Limerick
    Diploma in Addiction Studies, Trinity College Dublin (1992)[3]
    —– if we didn’t know who it was, we’d say that’s the most suitable and capable police chief ever. Is she keeping all that knowledge buried in the woods or something?

    1. Mysterybeat

      Jeez with that CV she’s a lot more qualified to run the country than the Gardai. and certainly a lot more qualified than the lot that are running the country presently.

    2. classter

      Quite a few of those are short courses. Basically the only real degree is an MBS from Smurfit.

  6. Sheik Yahbouti

    In fairness, nelly, I think we’re all familiar with the kind of course where you rock up, listen to a couple of lectures, have a really nice lunch, and get a Certificate at the end of it. Once your employer has paid a fat fee for it, who cares – right?

    1. nellyb

      I suffer from cynicism myself, but it can’t be ALL $h!t€ . There is also fair diversity in topics, which is an admirable thing if she chose it herself, quite holistic. It’s very sad.

  7. Fergus the magic postman

    She knows exactly what she stands accused of.
    She knows exactly of the revelations that have not yet surfaced.
    She knows exactly how it looks to everybody with a brain that she refuses to step aside and let the investigation continue unimpeded, without surrounding herself with her closest allies.
    She does not care how it looks though, so long as the allegations against her remain as hearsay, it is to her benefit to stop things progressing smoothly, at whatever cost.

    To borrow a phrase from her equally morally corrupt predecessor, I think it’s quite disgusting.

  8. Daddy

    She clearly has a lot of intelligence files on senior politicians and they fear what might come out if she is forced aside.

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