Thursday 22 August 2019

Ex-TD 'pepper-sprayed by gardaí' before being released without charge

Labour’s Michael McNamara was reportedly arrested Picture: Tom Burke
Labour’s Michael McNamara was reportedly arrested Picture: Tom Burke

Cathal McMahon and Cormac McQuinn

Gardaí are investigating an incident at the home of a former TD, where he was arrested and reportedly pepper-sprayed by officers.

Former Labour TD Michael McNamara was reportedly stopped at his home in Scariff, Co Clare, in the early hours of December 10, after being followed there by gardaí. The barrister was pepper-sprayed and arrested, according to a recent newspaper report.

However, when he was brought to a Garda station, he passed a breathalyser test and was released without charge.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: "Gardaí are investigating an incident in Scariff, Co Clare, on December 10.

"A file will be prepared for the DPP in relation to it."

An Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission may also investigate the matter if a complaint is made.

Mr McNamara did not respond to attempts to contact him last night.

He was elected to the Dáil in 2011 as part of Labour's stunning election success that year, which saw them enter government with Fine Gael. However, he failed to retain his seat in this year's General Election, which saw his party routed. He then launched an unsuccessful bid to be elected to the Seanad.

Mr McNamara was named Labour spokesman on international tax justice by party leader Brendan Howlin last summer.

Irish Independent

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