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Daly deserves apology and Garda Commissioner has more questions to answer – O’ Brien

19 May, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Justice Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has today stated that Independent TD Clare Daly deserves an unqualified apology from the Garda Commissioner following the publication of the GSOC report in to Daly’s arrest.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“Clare Daly TD deserves an unqualified apology from the Gardaí for this matter. The right to privacy must be upheld, as well as the presumption of innocence. We welcome that the report stipulates that both of these rights were infringed.

“The Commission found there was insufficient evidence of a criminal offence by any individual to warrant sending a file to the office of the DPP. This is despite finding evidence that a Detective Garda, whom GSOC are aware of the identity of, harassed a TD through an anonymous twitter account using information gleaned from the reports of her arrest, and then mysteriously could not find the phone on which he tweeted when questioned by GSOC. This same detective was found to be a personal friend of one of the journalists who was aware of the story.

“This is merely another example of political policing and a worrying culture within the Gardaí.

“Like the O’Higgins Report, as far as we are aware no person will be held accountable for this misconduct despite being Deputy Clare Daly’s rights being infringed and the leaks having come from either Garda or civilian staff.

“We are calling for the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to apologise to Clare Daly and to state what action is now going to be taken on the back of this report and tell us whether any persons are going to be held accountable for their actions.

“Further to this state we must receive assurances from the Garda Commissioner regarding her views on gardaí using sock puppet accounts and the leaking of information and what she intends to do about gardaí accessing PULSE records out of curiosity as opposed to doing it for legitimate work purposes.

“We are further calling on the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to state what she intends to do about this latest debacle coming from within An Garda Síochána.”


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