The Garda Commissioner has announced that a new internal garda corruption unit will be established and will be operating within An Garda Síochána by the end of the year

Drew Harris said the unit will investigate members of the gardaí suspected of criminal activity such as leaking information to criminals, drug abuse or inappropriate contact with vulnerable victims.

The Commissioner was speaking at the Garda Superintendents Conference in Kildare.

He said the unit would be proactive and intelligence based and run from Garda Headquarters.

He also said that the gardaí had to look for corruption within their own ranks because "if we didn't look we wouldn't find it".

Commissioner Harris denied this was a job for the Garda Ombudsman, pointing out that the gardaí know their own workforce best.

"There are all forms of wrongdoing and corruption that we will become aware of first," he said, " its very difficult for an external agency to be aware of data flowing outside the organisation."

He also said that the gardaí would share intelligence with GSOC and keep the Ombudsman informed.

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