“False Alarms”


This afternoon.

On RTÉ’s News at One.

RTÉ’s Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds reported that two senior members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors are not attending the group’s annual conference which began in Cavan today.

Mr Reynolds said the decision of AGSI’s vice president Paul Wallace and its deputy general secretary Antoinette Cunningham not to attend followed the news that one of its members if being investigated by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

He told Claire Byrne on RTÉ’s News At One:

“The allegation is that the member engaged in prohibitive spare time activities – specifically, engaged in outside security work, which is not permitted under the Garda code.

“Two protected disclosures have been put in, in relation to this. It’s being investigated by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

“And the allegation also contains claims that false alarms were set off at a business and these were responded to by gardaí, in squad cars, patrol cars, in emergency fashion, with sirens blaring and lights flashing.

“And then these false alarms were then reported on the Garda PULSE system. So all this is being investigated by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.”

Later, the AGSI’s general secretary John Jacob told Ms Byrne:

“The association issued a press release last night in relation to this matter and they said that they haven’t been formally informed that an investigation of any sort is taking place and that the person involved has not been formally notified of an investigation taking place. But we have to believe the media reports when they say that one is taking place.”

“…The association does not know the details of the allegation.”

Mr Jacob also said the AGSI does not know who the allegation allegedly concerns.


Two senior AGSI members opt out of conference (RTE)

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9 thoughts on ““False Alarms”

  1. realPolithicks

    The usual crappy reporting from rte, not a word of explanation as to why they are staying away.

    1. postmanpat

      It’s almost like they sort of have to report it but really don’t want to because they are uneasily portraying state institutions in a bad light. So they wishy washy around the story and hope that the next Mauri and Dahhi segment where they talk to the fat guy from bachelors walk about healthy chocolate Easter eggs and what to wear to Easter Mass this Sunday , all the time keeping their fingers crossed the story blows over. What’s the other option? Inform the public that the police are sometimes the bad guys? The cognitive dissonance alone would kill half the license payers in their rocking chairs.

    2. eoin

      Spot on.
      Garda Reynolds at RTE has a source who can tell him three Gardai, Brendan Brogan, Paul Wallace and Antoinnette Cunningham are staying away from their union’s get-together, but can’t tell us why? Was one of them doing a nixer? Are they protesting at one of their friends being found out? Are they simply washing their hair? Who knows, who can tell, not Garda Reynolds that’s for sure.

      And what about the false alarms? Did the Gardai doing a nixer waste Garda time by triggering false alarms? Why would he do that?

      And why are we even talking about an investigation anyway which is supposed to be confidential, and even the Gardai under investigation hasn’t been informed.

      Lousy reporting from the loss-making state broadcaster.

      1. curmudgeon

        Paul Reynolds should not havev a job at RTE, he isnt just biased, or even compromised he is basically acting as an agent for disinformation & PR on behalf of garda management and AGSI. After the McCabe tribunal “leaks” smear he should have been sacked.

    3. Dub Spot

      Because they’re on a nixer? Tuesday is student night. They’ll be needed on the doors…

  2. phil

    Seems to me that something irregular was happening , it sounds like discipline issue but it looks like it took two protected disclosures to bring it to light , thats not great, I wonder what else do management not know about , its also not great the the leadership of the AGSI are involved …

  3. Ian-O

    While I detest Newstalk, even they got rid of PC Williams in the morning.

    What he was doing there is the first place is beyond me – like putting a dog in a tutu and expecting it to dance swan lake.

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