The suspension of a high-ranking civilian at Garda headquarters is lifted after an investigation

The suspension of a civilian member of An Garda Síochána at Garda headquarters was lifted after an extensive internal investigation.

The man, who holds a senior position in the force, had been suspended over allegations that he runs a private company and does “favors” for companies off-hours to ensure they land lucrative Garda contracts.

An investigation into his behavior was launched after a businessperson contacted Gardaí to inform them of the man’s alleged work practices outside of An Garda Síochána.

An investigation began and he was suspended. However, according to a well-placed source, he was recently reinstated in his position after “no adverse findings” were made against him. When contacted, a Garda spokesman declined to comment.

The incident is one of several recent cases in which gardaí and civilian members of the force were suspended before later being cleared of any wrongdoing.

A source said An Garda Síochána was “way too quick” to suspend members, sometimes only on baseless allegations.

Another source disagreed, pointing out that due to the sensitive nature of Garda work, officers, especially if suspected of corruption offences, must be removed from their jobs in the interests of state security.

In recent years, the number of suspended Garda members has increased steadily, due in part to the establishment of the Garda Anti-Corruption Unit.

Recent figures show that 115 members of An Garda Síochána, including civilians, are currently suspended. The statistics were sent to the police department by An Garda Síochána last month.

Some of the 115 suspended people have been removed from their jobs for an extended period of time while investigations are being conducted. In one case, an officer accused of using cocaine at a Kildare nightclub remains suspended as disciplinary proceedings against him remain pending – nearly five years after the alleged offence.

Alleged sex offenses account for 17 suspensions. The same number of Gardaí are suspended for “theft/counterfeiting”. Sixteen are suspended for alleged perversion of justice and 13 for “discreditable conduct”. Ten are suspended for “drugs/drug abuse” and ten for “domestic violence” allegations.

Nine are suspended on charges of “damaging attack” and six on alleged “abuse of access to the Garda Information System”. Eight Gardaí are suspended for alleged drunk driving and two for alleged misuse of Gardaí resources.

One will be suspended for “neglect of duty” and one for alleged “corrupt/improper practices”.

Earlier this summer, the President of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) said Gardaí suspended from duty on suspicion of misconduct are being left behind as “broken individuals”.

At the association’s annual conference in Westport, Co. Mayo, Frank Thornton called for a review of the force’s suspension policy. He said the suspension accepted by the GRA is sometimes justified, but added: “Far too many of our members remain suspended without a fair trial or proper investigation.” The suspension of a high-ranking civilian at Garda headquarters is lifted after an investigation

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