Thursday 14 December 2017

Daly may make second complaint to Garda watchdog

Brian Hutton

TD Clare Daly is considering making a second complaint to the Garda watchdog about her arrest on suspicion of drink-driving

The former Socialist Party politician has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a urine test came back showing she was significantly under the legal alcohol limit at the time.

She has already asked the Garda Ombudsman to investigate her claims that gardai leaked details of her detention in a deliberate attempt to discredit her after she raised issues of malpractice within the force.

But the Dublin North representative said she is in talks with her solicitor about the possibility of making a further complaint about her treatment during the arrest and detention in Dublin's south inner city on January 28.

"We haven't decided yet, but it's a possibility," she said.

The Garda Ombudsman has confirmed a complaint has been received in relation to the incident but a spokesman refused to make any further comment.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said he was aware of Ms Daly's complaint to the watchdog, which he believed would be thoroughly investigated by the body.

When questioned if gardai are permitted to handcuff suspected drink-drivers, and put them in cells, as procedure, Mr Callinan said: "Well of course if a prisoner is violent and you have to deal with that prisoner, you've got to restrain him or her in any fashion.

"I'm not talking about this particular case now, but obviously gardai need to protect themselves as well and they have a duty of care to one another and the people around them.

"So yes, there are very clear guidelines in which people can be suppressed and handcuffed."

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