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Murphy wants 'corrupt gardai' probe

An investigation will be launched into allegations that a group of corrupt gardai have protected well-known figures who take drugs, including the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan.

Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy ordered a senior officer be appointed to quiz journalists to find evidence of any cover-up.

The force said it takes any allegation of misconduct seriously and urged anyone with evidence of a garda involved with any wrongdoing or criminal activity to come forward.

RTE presenter Ryan was found dead in his Dublin home last April.

Toxicology tests revealed traces of cocaine in the 53-year-old's system, which triggered the heart condition cardiac arrhythmia and led to his death.

Gardai dismissed reports in the Sunday Independent from anonymous sources that unnamed senior Gardai and Department of Justice officials believe a small number of corrupt gardai in Dublin have protected rich and famous people with drug habits.

A Garda statement said: "We have no knowledge of any senior Gardai or officials who hold such views and none of the assertions contained in the article were put to An Garda Siochana for official comment prior to publication.

"The scenarios put forward in this morning's article fail to take account of An Garda Siochana's strong record in the fight against the importation of and dealing in illegal drugs, including cocaine.

"We continue to put operations and investigations in place to combat and disrupt the illegal drug trade as well as the associated organised and violent criminality.

"The proof of that commitment and work can be seen in the courts and in the prisons every day."

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