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Shocking revelations of Garda cover-ups and mishandling of serious crimes will be outlined in a damning report today.

The Sean Guerin inquiry will reveal massive failures by top brass and detail how cops mismanaged an attempted rape case, incidents of assault, hijacking and two endangerment cases.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said: “I have read most of it. It is very damning.”

And yesterday a third whistleblower emerged as new Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald took over from Alan Shatter.

Sean Guerin’s inquiry, which led to the resignation of Alan Shatter, revealed how gardai tried to cover up certain crimes.

Alan Shatter quit after Taoiseach phoned him and made it clear he had to go

His findings will also disclose how Department of Justice officials ignored concerns about the claims.

The report dealt with 12 allegations of malpractice – 10 handed over by Sgt Maurice McCabe – and two which were handled by the former confidential recipient Oliver Connolly.

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Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe

It will detail how cops mismanaged an attempted rape case, three incidents of assault, two claims of hijacking and two endangerment cases.

The report will also reveal how gardai “falsified records” in order to secure a conviction.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said the 300-page report, which will be released at midday, is “damning”.

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Eamon Gilmore

He added: “I have read the substantive parts of it and I’ve been briefed on it and looked at some of the detailed cases that it deals with.

“It is a very damning report and I think it is to Alan Shatter’s credit that he saw the report yesterday and took the decision to take responsibility, to resign.”

Attorney General Marie Whelan spent yesterday trawling through the report and redacting some contents which might affect legal cases.

Dealing with its publication will be the first official duty of new Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who was unveiled by the Taoiseach in the Dail yesterday morning.

She will meet Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan later to read through the findings of the inquiry and to outline the recommendations.

One hour after she was appointed, Independent TD Luke “Ming” Flanagan told the Dail how a third whistleblower had come forward with more stinging claims of Garda malpractice.

Garda Nicky Keogh met the interim confidential recipient yesterday and is believed to have detailed further serious allegations of corruption linked to dealing of drugs.

Mr Flanagan told the Dail the fresh dossier includes serious allegations of a Garda cover-up, stolen files, manufactured evidence and the failure of officers to fully comply with court orders to hand over records.

He added some of the allegations by the serving garda included a claim his colleague threatened a defendant to plead guilty.

The TD said: “A further grave aspect in relation to the planning of this operation was that the list of nominated persons to be targeted had a notable omission in that a significant and well-recognised drug dealer in the area who has been seen long associated with a senior member of the drugs unit was excluded.”

Garda Keogh was stationed in Co Wicklow before moving to Co Westmeath.

Mr Flanagan told the Dail it is alleged high-ranking police officers were involved in a ploy to coerce citizens into buying hard drugs to boost crime detection figures.

Ms Fitzgerald laid down a marker in her first engagement yesterday, distancing herself from her predecessor by paying tribute to whistleblowers.

full article at source: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/great-garda-cover-up-damning-3515945

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