Garda cocaine inquiry halted
A DISCIPLINARY inquiry into an allegation that two gardai took cocaine during a social trip to Liverpool will have to be halted and reconstituted following a High Court ruling.
Gardai Richard Galvin and Gerard Newman, stationed at Togher in Cork, challenged an internal disciplinary board of inquiry into the allegation because two of the investigators had previously been appointed to carry out the probe under Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan's predecessor.
The officers were part of a group who went to Liverpool in November 2010, the court heard. On their return, complaints were made that they allegedly consumed cocaine. The allegation is denied.
The gardai brought a challenge claiming the inquiry was not properly constituted.
Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns ordered the inquiry as currently composed be discontinued but the court heard it means another newly constituted investigation can take place.