Good cop, bad cops: Drew Harris’s Garda clean-up and the backlash within the force

Allegations of Garda corruption abound, but Harris’s clamp-down faces resistance

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has made fighting corruption and malpractice a pillar of his tenure. Image: Paul Scott

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has made fighting corruption and malpractice a pillar of his tenure. Image: Paul Scott

Earlier this year during a seminar on organised crime, Irish investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre made a startling assertion.

Gangs are encouraging young people to join police forces and go “deep cover”, he said, until they are senior officers and in a position to pass on valuable information to criminals.

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