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Gardai halt probe into cocaine use claims

TWO gardai facing a disciplinary inquiry for allegedly taking cocaine on a trip to Liverpool have had it halted pending the outcome of a legal challenge.

The two officers, Richard Galvin and Gerard Newman of Togher garda station in Cork city, were also allowed in the High Court to challenge the continuing board of inquiry.

It was set up under garda regulations to decide if they had committed a serious breach of discipline.

Both are alleged to have taken cocaine in Liverpool between November 26 and 27, 2010.

Challenge

Mr Justice Sean Ryan granted the two gardai leave to challenge the disciplinary inquiry.

The case will come before the court again in May.

The gardai claim that the disciplinary proceedings began on January 13, 2011, when the Garda Commissioner appointed an investigating officer, a superintendent with a detective inspector to assist him.

It is claimed that investigating officers had been involved in an earlier aspect of the case.

The gardai contend that the appointment of the officers to investigate the matter did not comply with regulations.

Irish Independent