Cllr claims of leak from JPC meet­ing to peo­ple ‘in­volved’ in CAB probe

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - JOINT POLICING COMMITTEE -

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 info@cab.ie, 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

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