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Sunday 19 November 2017

Gardai probe alleged rape of woman by soldier in common area of Dublin army barracks

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Ken Foy and Tom Brady

Gardaí are investigating an alleged rape of a woman at an army barracks in Dublin by a soldier.

The woman made a complaint to gardaí at around 3am yesterday after she was allegedly assaulted at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines, Dublin 6.

The woman, from Dublin and aged 26, met two soldiers at a pub in Rathmines on Tuesday evening, according to the information that gardaí are working on.

Sources say that the trio had a "few drinks" before returning to the barracks in Rathmines.

Gardaí received a call at 3am from the woman, who said she had been seriously sexually assaulted. The woman is not a member of the Defence Forces.

Gardaí from Rathmines responded to the call and rushed to the scene. The alleged rape occurred in a communal area of the barracks which is normally reserved for soldiers who are watching TV.

As is procedure, the woman was sent to hospital following the incident where it is understood she was examined in relation to her complaint.

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The allegation of rape has been made against one of the two soldiers, who are aged 31 and 30.

The two Defence Forces members at the centre of the investigation are likely to face internal disciplinary procedures in relation to the case.

The second soldier, who was previously in the company of the woman along with the other soldier in the pub, was not in the communal area when the alleged attack took place. No arrests have been made at this stage.

Gardaí confirmed an investigation was ongoing and the military police had confirmed that they had made no arrests.

"Gardaí at Rathmines are investigating an alleged assault on a female which allegedly occurred at Cathal Brugha Barracks at approximately 2am on April 12," a Garda spokesman said.

It is against Defence Forces regulations for unauthorised personnel to be on army, naval service or air corps premises without clearance. A spokesman for the Defence Forces said: "We can confirm that the Military Police are assisting gardaí with an investigation."

He said that, due to the ongoing investigation, it would "not be appropriate to comment any further at this time".

Irish Independent

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