A HIGH-profile sportsman was arrested on suspicion of passing police intelligence to a criminal gang.
The athlete, who has not been named, and a probationer Garda were held on Monday as part of an anti-corruption probe.
1The sportsman was arrested and later released (stock image)Credit: GettyHe was quizzed for a number of hours before being released without charge, The Irish Independent reports.
The Irish probationary officer was also released without charge.
Sources say the sportsman, aged in his 40s, was suspected of taking information from the Garda officer for a period of time.
He then allegedly passed the intel on to an organised crime gang.
An insider told the publication: “It is unclear how much information of substance that the probationer would have been able to give to this individual as he was still a probationer and would not have access to particularly sensitive information.
“The individual allegedly looking for and receiving the information has been identified as being closely aligned to an organised crime gang.”
The probation officer has been suspended from duty after the alleged offending came to light around seven months ago.
A spokesperson said: “As part of an ongoing investigation by the Garda Anti-Corruption Unit, a male was arrested in the east of the country yesterday (Monday) in relation to an alleged offence under Section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act.
“He was later released without charge and a file will be sent to the DPP.
“The probationer Garda has been suspended since 2022.
“As the investigation is ongoing, An Garda Síochána is not commenting further at this time.
“Section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act relates to the unlawful disclosure of confidential Garda information.”
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