DANIEL GARDNER was an Irish intelligence officer who spent 20 years as an intelligence officer with the Dublin Area Intelligence Unit.
He worked as a Senior Advisor to the Dublin Group, the Dublin-based intelligence unit established in 1983 to collect intelligence on political, military and organised crime figures.
Gardener worked in Dublin for 18 years, as the head of the Intelligence Division.
He was responsible for intelligence gathering, counter-intelligence, political analysis, and other tasks, according to his former superiors.
His role in the Dublin intelligence unit was largely ceremonial.
He did not have to report to the Director General, according the report.
But in 2001, gardener, who had been promoted to Senior Advisor, was given a senior position in the Directorate of Defence Intelligence (DDAI), the Defence Intelligence Organisation.DDAIs primary job is to help to establish and maintain the national security of Ireland.
Its main tasks include counter-terrorism, counter crime, counter intelligence, counter terror, counter terrorism operations and intelligence collection.
Its job involves assessing the operational effectiveness of national security measures, and liaising with the intelligence community in relation to the development of operational plans.
In 2003, the DDAI was restructured to become the Defence Security Agency (DSA).
The move was seen as a way to better coordinate the work of the two organisations, but critics said the changes made little sense.GARDNER resigned from the DDSA in 2011, claiming that it was being run by a “politically motivated and ideologically motivated” group.
The report by Dr Mark Bennett said that while he had no complaints about his work at the DSS, he was concerned about the way the DSA was being managed.
He said he believed there was a disconnect between DDAIs core functions, and its role in managing the DNI and other intelligence-gathering functions, which included dealing with international terrorism, political unrest, and organised criminality.
The dossier included a series of allegations against Gardener and DDA, including claims that Gardener was “a frequent visitor” to the DIA and was regularly involved in political events.
Dr Bennett also claimed that Gardner was involved in an intelligence operation that resulted in a number of “unusual” and “highly classified” incidents.
The document said the DMA’s director general was not involved in the work.
In addition to allegations of political interference in the DCA, the dossier said that Garden was also “personally involved in activities which involved the use of covert or overt methods”.
The DDA’s work included collecting intelligence on organised crime, political corruption, political violence and terrorism, the report said.
Gardener’s intelligence duties were “a significant part of the work” of the DAA, but it was not clear whether the DVA had any involvement in the organisation, the document said.
The DAA’s director, a retired army officer named John B. Kelly, was also an alleged member of a Dublin intelligence ring which included Gardener.
The Dublin Group was one of the few Irish intelligence services that had a long-standing relationship with the DTA, which was founded in the late 1950s.
The group was established by former DDA chief Paul O’Connor and later became the Dublin Unit.
The unit’s role in counter-terrorist and intelligence-collecting was also central to Gardener’s role at the Dublin DDA.
It was formed in 1981 by O’Brien, who served in the Irish Air Force and had been an intelligence attaché in the US for six years.
The organisation was headed by O Brien, who became Gardener ‘s principal intelligence adviser.
Garden, a former member of the Irish Defence Forces, served in that role until 1996.
The Gardener dossier said Gardener had “sought and received a number” of political and financial rewards for his work, including an invitation to a dinner at which he and O’Brien were guests.
Gartan was a member of one of Gardener s first political appointees, as head of DDA from 1989 to 1994.
The documents said Gardner also had a “personal relationship” with Gardener, which could have influenced how the DGA operated.
Gardi and Gardener have denied any wrongdoing.
The DDA was disbanded in 1999, but Gardener has remained active in the intelligence world.
The intelligence report also said that Gardner was not “fit and proper” to hold the position of a DDA officer.