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Ex-judge to probe Garda smear claims.

Byline: BRIAN HUTTON

A FORMER High Court judge will probe an alleged smear campaign against a Garda whistleblower, it was confirmed last night.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald told how Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill will report back within six weeks.

She said: "On conclusion of the review I will consider what further steps may be necessary."

The judge has been charged with probing claims senior gardai targeted an officer in a widespread character assassination.

It is understood two senior gardai have made statements to justice chiefs that false and damaging allegations were made against the whistleblower and that one has said they were following orders.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan was forced into publicly denying earlier this week she knew anything about the alleged conspiracy.

She said she would condemn any smear campaign against an officer.

Justice Minister Fitzgerald has confirmed she received correspondence under the Protected Disclosures Act from two members of the force on Monday.

She is prevented from making remarks that could identify them.

Ms Fitzgerald said the judge-led investigation would review allegations of wrongdoing contained in the disclosures.

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