Monday 21 August 2017

Garda risks sanctions in Sargent file-leak inquiry

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

The female garda at the centre of a criminal investigation into the leaking of a file that led to the resignation of Green Party minister Trevor Sargent, is now facing internal disciplinary inquiries.

The woman was held for questioning under the Garda Siochana Act after the contents of the file, which contained correspondence between Mr Sargent and local gardai, were published in a newspaper.

A file was sent by the gardai to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to determine whether she should be charged with a criminal offence.

But the DPP subsequently ruled she should not be charged.

However, it was learned last night that she could still face sanctions for a possible breach of disciplinary regulations.

An internal investigation into her alleged role in the case is ongoing and a decision on her fate will be made when it has been completed.

Mr Sargent stepped down as junior minister for food and horticulture in February when it emerged that he had written letters to gardai in his Dublin north constituency, asking them not to proceed with charges against a constituent.

He later acknowledged that he had made an error of judgment.

Irish Independent

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