8 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Embattled former Monaghan-based senator and county councillor Francie O’Brien was arrested and questioned by gardai about an attempt to blackmail a public official, according to an article carried prominently in yesterday’s Irish Sun.
High profile crime reporter Paul Williams, who is well known for his exposés over the years on the activities of some of Ireland’s most dangerous criminal and gangland figures, turns his attention to the Ballybay-based former Fianna Fáil public representative, who was allegedly arrested and questioned by gardai on 27th April last.
According to Mr Williams’ article in the Sun, 69-year-old O’Brien was quizzed as part of an investigation launched after a civil servant complained that the former senator had demanded to be paid €100,000.
He had allegedly warned the public official that his bosses would otherwise be told of an incident in which he was reputed to have disposed of certain documents, contrary to the regulations in the government department in which he worked.
The Sun also states that it has learned that the civil servant referred to was in fact never in breach of any departmental regulations.
Another businessman had been arrested a number of days after Mr O’Brien was questioned, and both had been released …

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