Tralee based Superintendent retires following Morris Tribunal

Tralee based Superintendent John O`Connor retires today. It follows the publication of the first report from the Morris Tribunal into Garda corruption. The report found that Superintendent O`Connor attempted to play down his role in events in Donegal during his evidence to the tribunal. Superintendent John O`Connor served in Donegal from 1973 to 1996, after which he transferred to TraleeGiving evidence to the Morris Tribunal earlier this year he said it was not his responsibility to assess the value or credibility of alleged informer Adrienne McGlinchey as a source of information on subversive activity. He claimed he was not aware of the information being passed by Ms Mc Glinchey nor was he responsible for ensuring that appropriate investigations were conducted into various findsThe Tribunal rejected the evidence of Supt O`Connor and said his plea of lack of knowledge does not stand up to scrutiny. After the report was published the Supt met with the Garda Commissioner and gave his notice to retire. He’s the second senior garda to take early retirement after module one of the Morris Tribunal . Chief Supt Kevin Fitzpatrick is also leaving the force