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Barry Cowen garda record dispute: Micheál Martin made aware of claims

:: Minister demands that gardaí change drink-driving ban record

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Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen and Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was told 10 days ago about the details which have led a Cabinet minister to now deny that he tried to "evade" a garda when he was caught drink-driving.

Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen says the official Garda record of his drink-driving offence in 2016 is "incorrect".

In a serious development for the Government, the minister is demanding gardaí change the record of his drink-driving ban. And the Garda watchdog is now investigating the leaking of information on Mr Cowen's drink-driving disqualification.


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