Saturday 21 April 2018

Garda sacked after complaints asks court for his job back

Aoife Finneran

A FORMER garda who was sacked on the basis that his continued membership would "undermine public confidence" in the force has brought proceedings aimed at overturning his dismissal.

Kevin Galvin (37), a married man and father of two, of Furry Park Road, Clontarf, Dublin, was dismissed arising from approximately 19 complaints against him. He was a garda for 13 years until June 2010, when he was dismissed following an internal investigation.

Mr Galvin claims the decision to dismiss him was unfair, unlawful, lacked fair procedures, and breached his constitutional and European rights.

Mr Galvin had worked in IT at Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

He was dismissed following complaints against him, including that he was the subject of a number of District Court prosecutions brought by Dublin City Council for breaches of fire safety, planning and littering regulations over three properties he owns.

He was jailed for contempt of High Court orders requiring him to carry out certain fire safety works at the properties.

In addition Mr Galvin was found to have neglected his duty by being absent from his post, falling asleep on the job and by using official garda postal facilities for personal use.

Mr Galvin is seeking orders quashing the decision to fire him and an order that he be reinstated.

The State has denied that the decision to dismiss Mr Galvin was unlawful or unfair. It also denies that his rights were breached. The case continues.

Irish Independent

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