Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan says no officer spied on police ombudsman

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The head of the police service in the Republic of Ireland has said no officer was involved in any surveillance of the body that oversees police.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said if anyone had information to the contrary, he would like to hear it.

Meanwhile the justice minister said he had confidence in the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

Alan Shatter ruled out an independent inquiry into security breaches at their offices.

He said he would await the outcome of GSOC's internal investigation.

Mr Shatter said that to ask police to investigate the matter would indicate a lack of confidence in the independent statutory investigative body's ability to do so.

He said that there was no definitive evidence that GSOC's headquarters had been put under surveillance and said he had confidence in the commission as presently constituted.

The garda commissioner said that no police officer was involved in any surveillance of the GSOC offices in Dublin or of any member of the commission.

GSOC chairman Simon O'Brien met the garda commissioner earlier this week and expressed his regret to him that GSOC suspected that such surveillance may have originated with the police.

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