A senior officer from outside the Donegal division has visited Inishowen in recent days as part of the probe.
Confirming the investigation to the Inish Times, a Garda spokesman said:
Gardaí are conducting an investigation into an alleged incident of fraud in the Donegal area. No further details are available at this time. Investigations are ongoing.
The houses in the An Crannla estate tested positive for mica with a 15% ratio before the council acquired them for €600,000 in 2021. It is understood investigating gardaí visited the estate in Buncrana last week.
Donegal county councillor Frank McBrearty sent a file on the purchase of the houses to Garda commissioner Drew Harris in June this year. The then cathaoirleach of the council, Jack Murray, said in February he had requested gardaí to investigate the claims of “systemic corruption” within the council after receiving allegations in an email from Cllr McBrearty. At the time he said the allegations “were very serious and needed to be investigated fully”.
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