Former Garda Commissioner accused of ‘DIY dismissal’ of Limerick detective

first_imgFacebook Print Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet WhatsApp Email Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR First Irish death from Coronavirus NewsCrime & CourtFormer Garda Commissioner accused of ‘DIY dismissal’ of Limerick detectiveBy Staff Reporter – March 12, 2015 1781 center_img by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK detective who said he was controlled and manipulated by an informant, has claimed that former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan “concocted a DIY job” during the process which led to the ordering of his dismissal for breach of regulations.During a judicial review of the dismissal order against Detective Garda Brian Culbert, former Commissioner Callinan, was accused of “cutting the ground from under” Detective Culbert by frustrating the appeal process because reasons for recommending the dismissal order were not given to the Commissioner for consideration.In a two-day hearing before Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley at the High Court, counsel for Detective Culbert, Paul Burns SC said that his client was seeking a prohibition of any further disciplinary procedures and an ultimate quashing of the orders made by both the internal disciplinary boards and the Garda Commissioner in October 2013 which resulted in the dismissal order.The court heard that prior to the dismissal order, Det Culbert, who was based in Roxboro Road Garda Station, admitted to five separate breaches of Garda discipline. These were: one count of disobeying an order, one count of following improper procedure, one count of abuse of power and two counts of falsehood.Mr Burns said that Detective Culbert “was being controlled and manipulated by a confidential informant as opposed to it being the converse”.Following a board of inquiry hearing, it was recommended that he be dismissed from the force. The Commissioner accepted that recommendation and the order was to take effect from midnight on October 25, 2013.Detective Culbert claimed that this was unduly harsh and he was never given any reasons for the decision. He also claimed that his pleas in mitigation were not given fair consideration and an appeal was lodged.Mr Burns said there was no real dispute as to the breaches of discipline but that there was a “fundamental flaw in the procedures followed by the internal disciplinary arms of the force”.Following an investigation into the alleged breaches, the Garda Commissioner set up a three person investigation board in December 2011.On September 4, 2013, the inquiry reported that the breaches had occurred and recommended that Detective Culbert be dismissed.On October 4, 2013, Commissioner Callinan ordered Detective Culbert’s suspension pending his dismissal three weeks later. An appeal was lodged on October 10 and on November 5, 2013, the Supreme Court delivered a judgement relating to a separate and unrelated case taken by another Garda against the Commissioner.The next day, the Commissioner established an appeal board to hear Detective Culbert’s case and on November 28 they sought a written submission outlining the grounds for appeal which his solicitor furnished to the appeal board on December 10, 2013.The appeals board then asked the board of inquiry to reconvene and outline its reasons for recommending that Detective Culbert be dismissed before they heard the appeal.Mr Burns said that this was “the commissioner effectively doing a DIY job in a way to fix things in light of the Supreme Court judgement”.The Commissioner used an “unregulated process outside the framework” and Detective Colbert’s solicitor wrote to notify him that what he was embarking upon was both unlawful and unfair.Certain codes of Garda regulations were not adhered to in issuing the dismissal order and ultimately the “entire process was tainted”.Detective Culbert is seeking that the orders be quashed and that disciplinary procedures be prohibited.Denying the allegations made in Mr Culbert’s case, counsel for the office of the Garda Commissioner Conor Power SC said that all procedures and measures taken were lawful and fully in line with Garda regulations and Detective Culbert had admitted very serious breaches.He also said that the appeal process will “do what it does, once it hears the appeal and this judicial review is premature” and that this was an “exaggerated submission to overrule the dismissal by the the back door”.Mr Power added that dismissal from the force was in the range of sanctions open to the Commissioner, given the serious breaches of discipline.The court was told that Board of inquiry would deliver their reasons and then the matter would go before the appeal board and that process should be allowed continue.Mr Burns said that this was unacceptable and Detective Culbert had every right to see that it was stopped.Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley reserved her decision in the case. 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Texas Rangers’ hurler Mike Minor records 200th strikeout amid controversy

first_img Beau Lund September 26, 2019 /Sports News – National Texas Rangers’ hurler Mike Minor records 200th strikeout amid controversy Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images) Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman was involved in the controversial play that helped pitcher Mike Minor record his 200th strikeout of the season(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor reached the 200 strikeout milestone with some controversy and a little help from his teammates.With one out in the ninth inning, and one strikeout from reaching the mark for the first time in his career, Minor got Boston Red Sox infielder Chris Owings to pop up in foul territory. Minor, catcher Jose Trevino, and first baseman Ronald Guzman all came together and allowed the ball to drop, extending Owings’ at-bat.Minor struck Owings out on the very next pitch, his ninth strikeout of the game.“We were yelling, telling [Guzman] to drop it because there’s going to be two strikes,” Minor said after the game. “He dropped it, and then he looked at me like ‘What? Why?’ And then everybody started booing or whatever. I had to thank him for that, because [the fans] didn’t understand.”Minor got the strikeout on his 126th pitch of the afternoon. He was then removed from the game by manager Chris Woodward. Reliever Jose Leclerc recorded the final out in a 7-5 Rangers win.“I didn’t love the idea that we dropped the popup at the end,” Woodward said. But Woodward said he felt that the Red Sox hitters were at fault too by swinging at the first pitch in every at-bat that inning. “If they have any beef with that, obviously I’m pretty sure [Boston manager Alex] Cora did, they chose to not try and win the game as well. They were trying to keep him from striking a guy out.”Still, Woodward called dropping the pop up “borderling crossing the line.”Cora spoke to reporters after the game as well, saying only “I’m just happy our guys are playing the right way.”Earlier in the game, Woodward had attempted to pull Minor, but the veteran hurler waved him away. Woodward said he was cognizant of how many pitches Minor had thrown. “I told him that I couldn’t give him too many pitches…but it’s a big deal. This guy has been our best pitcher all year…I felt I owed it to him.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Ocean City Restaurants Launch Social Media Push

first_imgThe Ocean City Restaurant Association is ready to get the word out that members are open for business through the winter, and they’re turning, in part, to Facebook.The group of restaurant owners are encouraging people to “like” their page to keep up on news about local restaurants — including a list of members “that are OPEN this time of year.”__________Visit Eat in OCNJ on Facebook.__________A gift card giveaway on Monday was designed to push the page over the threshold of 1,000 followers, and it appeared to do so within just a few hours.New OCRA members like Lauren Sacco of Frankie’s by the Bay and Victoria Mamo of Vittorio’s Italian Restaurant are reportedly helping with the Facebook push.“Like” the Facebook page to follow Ocean City restaurant news throughout the entire year.last_img read more

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Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Guests, Debuts New LP Title Track In NYE Blowout [Photos/Full Audio]

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass rang in 2019 on Monday night with their fourth and final performance at Chicago’s The Riviera Theatre.The first set of the evening saw Greensky welcome a number of rhythmic guests, as Guido Batista and Lucas White both joined in on woodblock for “Fixin’ To Ruin” and Keith Kinnear added some vibraslap to the set-closing “What You Need”.In addition to a mix of fan-favorite songs old and new, Greensky Bluegrass continued to introduce the material from their forthcoming album as they did throughout the run. This time, the band offered the live debut of the album’s title track, “All For Money“, to close the second set.Set three saw the band mix in a slew of covers as they welcomed the midnight hour, beginning with the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Midnight Rider”. After riding their own “Kerosene” into “Auld Lang Syne” as the clock struck midnight, the band continued into “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox”, which in turn found its way back to “Kerosene”. The always-amusing “For Sure Uh Huh” came next, followed by “Who Is Frederico?” After runs through “Whitehouse Blues” and “Past My Prime”, Greensky Bluegrass capped their final set of the run with a “Tarpology” sandwich featuring Van Morrison‘s “Into The Mystic” as the musical meat.After beginning their encore with “Drink Up and Go Home”, the band finally ended with a reprise of the “Quinn The Eskimo”-infused “Broke Mountain Breakdown” the band played on 12/29. Well, they actually ended with 5 reprises of “Broke Mountain Breakdown”, Anders Beck saying goodbye to the crowd in various ways as the band amusingly repeated the Breakdown again and again.You can listen to a full audio recording of Greensky Bluegrass’s three-set New Year’s Eve celebration below. You can also check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Dylan Langille (ontheDL photography).For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’s upcoming shows, head to their website here.Greensky Bluegrass – 12/31/18 – Full AudioSetlist: Greensky Bluegrass | The Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 12/31/18Set 1: The Four > Train Junkie, Like Reflections, Freeborn Man (1)(2), I’d Probably Kill You (3), Tied Down, Fixin’ to Ruin (4)(5), Luckiest Man, What You Need (6)Set 2: Reverend, Leap Year, Working on a Building, No Idea, Courage for the Road, What Happened to Jim (7), All for Money(8)Set 3: Midnight Rider, Kerosene > Auld Lang Syne > Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox > (I’ve had the) Time of My Life > Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox (9) > Kerosene, For Sure Uh Huh > Who Is Frederico?, Whitehouse Blues, Past My Prime, Tarpology > Into the Mystic > TarpologyEncore: Drink Up and Go Home > Broke Mountain Breakdown Reprise (x5)(1) – Freebird tease(2) – Cluck Old Hen tease(3) – Lyric change “pretty sure Billy Strings was in there”(4) – w/ Guido Batista (woodblock)(5) – w/ Lucas White (woodblock)(6) – w/ Keith Kinnear (vibraslap)(7) – Leap Year tease(8) – FTP(9) – Auld Lang Syne teaseGreensky Bluegrass | The Riviera Theatre | Chicago, IL | 12/31/18 | Photos: Dylan Langille (ontheDL photography) Screengrab via fan-shot live video Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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