Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Dara Calleary TD has called for a commitment from the Justice Minister and the Garda Commissioner that two senior gardaí leading the investigation into financial irregularities at Anglo Irish Bank will be replaced without delay.


Following the news that the head of the fraud bureau and one of his superintendents have retired, Deputy Calleary has expressed concern that the posts may be left vacant due to the moratorium on recruitment in the public service.


“I am calling on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to ensure that specialist units within An Garda Síochána are immune from the moratorium on recruitment,” said Deputy Calleary. “We cannot have a situation where two senior posts leading white collar crime investigations within the force are left vacant.


“In the case of the Anglo, it is the largest and most complex investigation of its kind in the history of the State, and these two newly retired officers were at the helm.  In the national interest, an inquiry as sensitive and important as this cannot be left without specialised gardaí managing it.


“I am urging Minister Shatter to allow the Garda Commissioner to appoint the appropriate replacements as a matter of urgency. The public has waited long enough for the Anglo investigation to be completed and it is in everyone’s interest that the resources are provided to ensure that this can happen as quickly and thoroughly as possible. 


“I am also appealing to Minister Shatter to put systems in place to ensure that specialist garda units involved in fraud investigation and white collar crime are kept outside the recruitment embargo in An Garda Síochána,” Deputy Calleary concluded.