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Gardai 'fail to cooperate in investigation' into TD Clare Daly's arrest - Dail told

Published 21/04/2015 | 19:47

Independent TD Clare Daly
Independent TD Clare Daly

Two years after the controversial arrest of Independent TD Clare Daly, gardai have failed to cooperate in an investigation into the incident, the Dail was told.

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Ms Daly was breathalysed on January 28, 2013, and later detained by gardai. Details of the matter were later leaked to the media but subsequent test results showed she registered below the legal drink-driving limit.

The Dublin North TD lodged complaints with the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), in relation to her treatment by gardai, and with the Data Protection because of the media leak.

Her fellow independent TD, Mick Wallace, has said Ms Daly’s solicitor got a letter from GSOC stating that gardaí 'directly involved' in the arrest have declined to voluntarily provide accounts or cooperate with the investigation.

Deputy Wallace said the letter stated that GSOC were now examining their powers of compellability in an attempt to progress the investigation.

Mr Wallace said the delay in the GSOC investigation was 'an unsatisfactory situation'.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny asked Deputy Wallace to give him the GSOC letter and he would immediately forward it to the Justice Minister.

Mr Kenny said he was quite sure the Garda Commissioner would want the matter concluded. “I would agree that it would be a far better if this particular situation was cleared up once and for all,” the Taoiseach said.

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