Monday 23 April 2018

Ex-garda takes court action over failed bid to rejoin force

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Ray Managh

A garda who quit after only seven months because of alleged bullying and failure of his colleagues to carry out their duties has launched a High Court action against the Commissioner for refusing to allow him to rejoin the force.

Former garda Mark O'Neill, from Kill, Co Waterford, has claimed in sworn documents opened before Mr Justice Richard Humphreys that his colleagues at Wexford garda station failed to investigate crimes and perform mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints.

Mr O'Neill also alleged his former colleagues failed to record official records on the Pulse computer system gardaí use in their work.

He resigned from the force in April 2016.

He also claimed there had been a failure to respond to emergency calls, bullying and that his personal property was damaged.

Mark Harty SC, counsel for Mr O'Neill, said his client had not been given any reasons for the Commissioner's refusal of his application to rejoin the force. Mr O'Neill has taken judicial review proceedings against the Commissioner and is seeking an order quashing the refusal to let him rejoin the force. The case was adjourned.

Irish Independent

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