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Eight garda officers suspended amid investigation into alleged corruption

Eight gardaí have been suspended from duty in corruption inquiry

EIGHT gardaí have been suspended amid an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption.

It is understood that the officers are alleged to have failed to prosecute road traffic offences and public order allegations against a number of parties.

All eight officers are based in the Munster region. It is believed that a number of Garda stations have been searched as part of the probe.

A Garda spokesman confirmed the garda members were suspended on Saturday.

"Further to an ongoing investigation led by the Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations (SCO), involving personnel attached to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI), eight members of An Garda Síochána have been suspended," a spokesman said.

"This element of the investigation is focused on corruption in public office.

"As this is an ongoing investigation, An Garda Síochána will not be commenting on the rank or the location of the members of An Garda Síochána who have been suspended."

It has been reported that some gardaí have been informally interviewed by investigators and have claimed they were directed to abandon prosecutions.

It is believed to be part of a wider investigation into alleged Garda corruption in the Munster region and brings to 11 the number of members of the force currently on suspension as part of the probe.

One Garda and a businessman have already been charged and have appeared before the courts.

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