Martin Kenny

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Martin Kenny

Martin Kenny 2015.jpg
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
February 2016
Personal details
Born (1971-10-01) 1 October 1971 (age 47)
Aughavas, County Leitrim, Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
Spouse(s)Helen Kenny
Alma materInstitute of Technology, Sligo

Martin Kenny (born 1 October 1971) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency since the 2016 general election.[1]

He became a member of Leitrim County Council in 2001, when he was co-opted to replace Liam McGirl, the son of former Sinn Féin TD John Joe McGirl.

In May 2016, Kenny revealed a number of serious instances of misconduct in the Garda Síochána. The main allegations included that gardaí were engaging informants who were active criminals, outside the Garda Covert Human Intelligence Sources programme. He also mentioned a number of instances including "robberies allegedly carried out by informants under the direction of gardaí", cases of entrapment made at the behest of Garda handlers,[2] and an instance where "senior gardaí did not inform other members of the force of plans by a criminal gang to carry out attacks at the homes of gardaí".[3]

He also stated that two gardaí had brought this to the attention of both Martin Callinan (former Commissioner of the Garda Síochána) and the disgraced former Minister of Justice, Alan Shatter, but their concerns were ignored.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Election 2016: Martin Kenny". RTÉ. 2016-02-28.
  2. ^ "'Rogue' gardaí using criminal informants to entrap people, says TD".
  3. ^ a b "Service to crime victims unacceptable - Authority".
  4. ^ ""Rogue" gardaí working with criminal informants to entrap people, TD claims".