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Written Answers. - Garda Disciplinary Proceedings.

Thursday, 17 October 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 555 No. 4

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 27. Ms McManus Information on Liz McManus Zoom on Liz McManus  asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  the investigation which has been held into the serious allegations made against a number of members of the Garda Síochána in the judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeal in a case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18500/02]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell I am informed by the Garda authorities that an assistant commissioner has been appointed to carry out inquiries into this matter and that work is ongoing in this regard. Arising from the judgment delivered by the Court of Criminal Appeal which is referred to in the question, I issued a public statement on 1 August 2002, to the effect that the Garda Commissioner had, on that day, suspended two members of the Garda Síochána, a superintendent and a garda. My statement also mentioned that a third member of the Garda Síochána referred to in the judgment, a detective garda, already stood suspended. The position of the superintendent who stands suspended will be the subject of consideration by the Government. The Deputy will under[1141] stand that, in the circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on the matter.


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