Cllr claims of leak from JPC meeting to people ‘involved’ in CAB probe
A POLITICIAN has hit out at an unnamed individual for ‘carrying’ information from a previous meeting of the public Joint Policing Committee to people ‘involved’ in a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) related investigation.
That was the claim by Cllr Donal Grady at Friday’s meeting of the committee in Cahersiveen following an address by chief CAB Officer Pat Clavin in which Mr Clavin revealed there are 13 full CAB investigations underway in the county.
Cllr Grady’s claims remained vague and unsubstantiated as he said he would not reveal anything that would identify the source of the alleged leak.
He made the comments after praising CAB for its work nationwide. “One thing I fear a little: I brought up about CAB here before many months ago. Unfortunately, it was carried from a meeting, things that were said inside here, to people who were involved,” Cllr Grady claimed. “To me, that is a criminal sin. To me, what happens inside in a room should stay there, but it didn’t. I know exactly who it was, I’m not naming them today.
“I’m not going down that road. All I’m saying is that what happens in here should be kept in here.”
Cllr Grady made it clear that “it was not the press” that was the subject of his allegation when reminded by Cllr Niall Kelleher that the meeting was taking place in a public forum.
Mr Clavin, meanwhile, set out that there are currently 13 full investigations underway in Kerry, with eight preliminary probes underway, which could yet demand full investigation.
There are currently eight asset profilers trained in the county, and training courses take place twice a year. Should someone wish to contact CAB, they can do so at (01) 666 3266 or email@example.com, and one is never required to provide evidence should they make a report.
Mr Clavin added that there is a potential of smaller CAB units being established to target regional assets. While he explained that CAB does not favour this approach, as it feels Ireland does not have the luxury to replicate CAB on a local basis, he said he was open to debating the matter.
Cllr Donal Grady