A former Garda who says he was the Shergar scapegoat for An Garda Síochána – after the disappearance of IR£80,000 part ransom for the stolen stallion – goes on to claim he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
Artin Kenirons is considering further appeals after the Garda Síochána (Gsoc) Ombudsman Commission refused to reopen his complaint about his dismissal from the force after a secret investigation last year.
The former detective was told: “The passage of time continues to complicate the prospect of a result in any investigation as the affairs happened some 39 years ago.”
The Provisional IRA kidnapped the famous racehorse – record winner of the English and Irish Derbies – from Ballymany Stud in February 1983. The highly strained racehorse died a short time later.
Ten years later, in August 1993, the Irish Independent reported how Mr Kenirons was reinstated after his dismissal for alleged disciplinary offenses in 1986.
Mr Kenirons says a witness, who has since died, provided false evidence during an internal Garda investigation into how £80,000 in cash disappeared from the boot of his car in Co Clare, which was meant to go to the kidnappers.
The detective’s report clashed with that of Detective Superintendent John Courtney, who has since died – highlighted by a three-part RTÉ documentary series earlier this year.
An IRA whistleblower named Denis Minogue, who is also dead now, told Mr Keniron three months before Shergar was captured in 1983 that plans were in place to seize a high-calibre horse for ransom and that trial runs had already been carried out.
When the kidnapping actually took place, Det Gda Kenirons became a liaison to the gang through Mr. Minogue and he was placed in the main investigation of Shergar.
Meanwhile, government officials said publicly that they would not sanction the payment of a demanded IR£2million ransom.
Nonetheless, a large sum of cash was at times held at Garda headquarters – after a bank opened specifically on a Sunday – while attempts were made to contact the gang.
former Irish Independent Security Editor Tom Brady, who published this story 19 years ago, also reported subsequent official denials that the cash was ransom.
‘A dummy run had already taken place and a horse truck (was) stolen’
In his affidavit to Gsoc, Mr Kenirons said Mr Minogue, whose information was “always reliable”, was beaten up during an IRA interrogation after the detective reported a piece of Provo intelligence without naming the source. It led him to believe there was a senior IRA mole in the gardaí whose son was suspected of being an active paramilitary.
Mr Kenirons said in 1982: ‘I had received information from Denis Minogue that he had been asked to take part in the theft of a racehorse and that a mock run had already taken place and a horsebox stolen. Minogue gave details of the plan and… named the person behind it [it].”
Mr Minogue was later in contact with the gang and said he had seen Shergar in captivity.
Money was forwarded to Mr Keniron for delivery to Mr Minogue as a deposit for the horse’s release. But it was later stolen from the detective’s car before an operation to monitor the transfer. It was suspected that Mr Kenirons had conspired to take the money himself and he was subsequently fired. He has repeatedly protested his innocence.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ex-garda-adamant-he-is-the-forces-scapegoat-for-shergar-41847149.html Ex-Garda is adamant that he is the squad’s scapegoat for Shergar