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Garda Commissioner must clarify PAC statements on Margiotta case – Cullinane

20 May, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee, David Cullinane has called on the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to clarify statements he made to the Committee regarding the arrest of Lynn Margiotta and the subsequent collapsed court case. 

Deputy Cullinane said:

“When Commissioner Harris was before the PAC this month, I asked him about the case of Lynn Margiotta, as it raises issues regarding processes and procedures within an Garda Síochána. 

“Ms Margiotta was arrested by gardaí from Store St station three weeks after she had made a complaint of bullying against a member of the force. 

“She was arrested over a sick note. 

“The case made it all the way to court where it then collapsed. 

“Commissioner Harris said that there is no record of a complaint of bullying being made by Ms Margiotta. However, writing today in the Irish Examiner, the journalist Michael Clifford reports that Ms Margiotta did make a verbal complaint, setting in train a process that would lead to a formal written complaint.

“As per public sector policy, there was due to be a meeting to attempt mediation in the issue, but before the meeting could take place, she was arrested over the alleged false sick notes.

“Commissioner Harris also told the PAC that he was unable to go into greater detail as the matter was being investigated by GSOC.

“The Irish Examiner is reporting today that no such investigation is under way.

“This is unacceptable. We need answers from the Commissioner over the evidence he gave to the PAC. 

“I will be writing to the Committee today asking it to seek clarification from the Commissioner on these matters. 

“At a time when GSOC is reporting that it is ‘impossible’ to have proper overnight of the Garda Síochána, we cannot allow a situation to develop whereby a Commissioner's evidence to the PAC raises more questions than answers.” 

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