Monday 21 October 2019

Garda takes legal challenge denying he made racist remark to teenager

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Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh

A Garda has launched a High Court challenge aimed at halting disciplinary proceedings over a complaint he made a racist remark to a teenager.

The challenge has been brought by Garda Noel Gibbons, who strongly denies the teen's accusation that a remark allegedly made was racist.

The teen was detained after allegedly calling gardaí "f***ing pigs" and shouting "there's a smell of bacon" at them in the Temple Bar area.

Following his arrest, the teen - who was 14 at the time - claims that gardaí used racist language towards him, including calling him a "n****r", and one garda may have used the word "monkey".

Gda Gibbons, of Pearse Street garda station, vehemently denies making any racist comment but does recall telling the teen that he should "not be acting the monkey around town".

Following the incident, a complaint was made on the teen's behalf about Gda Gibbon's colleague.

Gda Gibbons, represented by Keith Spencer Bl, says that he was also made the subject of an internal Garda investigation.

While his colleague was cleared of any wrongdoing, Gda Gibbons claims he was found to have breached Garda discipline and was fined €200.

He was also informed that the final decision rested with the Garda Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc).

Gda Gibbons has brought judicial review proceedings against the Garda Commissioner, Gsoc, the Justice Minister and Ireland and the Attorney General.

Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex-parte basis, by Mr Justice Michael McGrath.

The matter will return before the court later this month.

Irish Independent

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