About That GSOC Referral…


Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday

At the Public Accounts Committee in respect of financial irregularities at the Garda College on Tuesday, some TDs spoke of how convenient it was that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan had referred a report on the alleged placement of EU funds into an AIB bank account in Cabra, controlled by a retired senior officer, to GSOC, on Monday.

The move largely precluded Ms O’Sullivan from discussing the matter in detail.

Ms O’Sullivan specifically told the committee:

I am conscious that the matter has been referred to GSOC and now forms part of its consideration and examination. I will be precluded from discussing a lot of a detail but I am happy if I can assist the Deputy with his questions.”

Further to this.

Broadsheet understands GSOC generally does not investigate retired members of An Garda Siochana.

This is because GSOC operates under the Garda Siochana Act 2005, and it’s basically a disciplinary procedure for serving Garda members.

In addition, if GSOC did uphold a complaint against a retired member, it can take little or no action against retired members in terms of reduced rank or pay.

Earlier: ‘It Might Be Useful To Ask The Central Bank To Have A Look At This’

Previously: A Templemore Timeline

22 thoughts on “About That GSOC Referral…

    1. anne

      Yeah..that’s what I thought when I heard her say this.. “referred to GSOC..soz can’t discuss” Very convenient altogether..

      & now we learn irrelevant to retired gardai

  1. Frilly Keane

    The Credit Union Act, which is policed and controlled by the Central Bank is the way to go at this

    if the Garda CU received monies and transferred monies into this account that was not entirely bone-fide
    they are in breech of a number of CU regs, including AML anyway

    also, in my experience, its usually the same heads that nominate themselves into these roles and committees, especially when it comes to money, so I suspect you’ll find the same names appearing on the CUs Board as you will see on all these Sports Clubs, Golf Club, Restaurants, what ever you’re having yourself

    also, just on a clarification issue
    The Garda CU, is what’s referred to as an Industrial
    unlike your local community / district CU
    and therefore are way more profitable as they don’t maintain public banking halls and have immediate access to payroll deductions etc, they also tend to be bigger risk takers with their loan books
    Other examples would be Health Services CU and Revenue CU

    The Credit Union Membership is based on the Common Bond principle
    So all serving Garda, retired Garda, spouses, children and civilian employees of AGS are entitled to be members of this particular industrial CU,
    whereas with a Community one, the common bond area is defined by boundaries with the surrounding other Community CUs; these expand with Transfer of Engagements or (Mergers to the rest of us) etc
    So residents and anyone employed within that particular community Common Bond are entitled to join that areas’ CU , and remain with it, even if they relocate, even overseas.
    Once they join, they’re members for life

    anyway; the Central Bank are the crew to hit the Garda CU with

    1. Kaz

      Gardai are not allowed be directors of any company that involves property , most of garda loans involve property and should someone default on the loan the directors have that property on their books, not to mention there is a serious conflict of interest here, they are being sued by gardai for leaking their information in discipline inquiries, so no garda serving should be on the board of directors full stop

      1. Frilly Keane

        Politically Exposed Persons definitely not
        But even in an Industrial CU like AGS
        Its not just members of the force that can be a member
        See above

        In the Credit Union movement only members of that CU can be a Director
        Unlike a bank
        You don’t have to have an account in AIB
        Or be a shareholder of AIB
        To be on the board of directors of AIB

  2. I'm "alright" Jack. Mad Jack is on annual leave.

    Great comment frilly thanks

    Fantastic stroke play from Noirin all the same

    1. Frilly Keane


      but she herself won’t recover
      she was “the Accounting Officer” at one point

      1. Frilly Keane

        but it was a masterstroke
        conniving, cynical and calculated
        and in her best interests
        not the organisation she represents or the tax payer or the voter

        Dail packs up now shortly
        and by the time she gets called again
        she might have retired
        or the Committee themselves might have had a re-boot

  3. Daddy

    “Fantastic stroke play from Noirin all the same”

    Well it isn’t really. It merely reinforces the fact that she’s being elusive and obstructive. It concentrates suspicion around her.

  4. dubdec99

    Were there several signatories on this cabra account over the years and if so is it possible that not all are retired and that’s how they got GSOC to take it????

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      I repeat my comment from ten hours ago on another thread. This has gone beyond farce and is now positively insulting. Who the hell do these people think they are?

  5. Johnny Keenan

    Wow! Well done BS. Great comprehensive gathering of info.
    It’s interesting the Revenue gave the Sports Club a tax exemption in 2001 because it was involved in amateur sports. Where ever there is a scam the GAA are in like Flynn. I don’t mean Paul, Frilly.

    1. Frilly Keane

      Give over
      The GAA aren’t the only sporting code that seeks this tax status

      I bets there’s at least 50
      From boxing to bridge

    1. Frilly Keane

      ya know
      Johnny your rants are getting fierce samie

      you might want ta’ change it up a bit

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