Friday 23 June 2017

Gardaí hit out at TDs' use of Dáil privilege

Anger: GRA General Secretary PJ Stone
Anger: GRA General Secretary PJ Stone

Paul Williams

Rank-and-file gardaí have called on TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace to repeat allegations they have made about officers without the protection of Dáil privilege.

The two TDs were criticised on the final day of the Garda Representatives Association's (GRA) annual conference in Co Carlow. GRA General Secretary PJ Stone said gardaí were angry that Mr Wallace and Ms Daly named gardaí in the Dáil who they claimed were guilty of wrongdoing.

Mr Wallace recently read a letter claiming gardaí were not cooperating with an investigation relating to Ms Daly's arrest for drink driving two years ago.

"It is very serious in the sense that somebody can hide behind the privilege of Dáil Éireann," Mr Stone said.

"It is not just in relation to that allegation because that one has tremendous connotations in terms of the seriousness of it.

"But again, Deputy Wallace used Dáil privilege a couple of days ago to read from an extract of a letter from GSOC which in fact is two years old," he said.

Ms Daly also said recently in the Dáil that gardaí helped cover up a murder carried out by an officer.

Yesterday she "categorically" rejected the suggestion she has abused Dáil privilege.

Irish Independent

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