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GSOC investigate after allegation garda wore firearm as he was paid to coach rugby while on duty

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The Garda Ombudsman Commission office on Dublin's Abbey Street

The Garda Ombudsman Commission office on Dublin's Abbey Street

The Garda Ombudsman Commission office on Dublin's Abbey Street

THE Garda Ombudsman Commission is investigating an allegation that an armed detective was paid to coach rugby while on duty.

The complaint was lodged by a civilian and alleges that the detective coaches the team while on duty.

It is also alleged that it would have been difficult for the detective to operate as he did without the knowledge of his supervisor, reports the Irish Examiner.

According to the complainant, this has been going on for over two years.

The complainant also alleges that the garda made little attempt to conceal the weapon during training, and that this was done to provide a ‘whiff of cordite’ in front of the young players.

On one occasion it is also alleged that the detective was picked up from the ground by a squad car when he had to leave at short notice.

The most recent incident of the detective being on duty while training is alleged to have occurred last week.

It is understood that evidence including recordings and pictures have been provided to the investigation team.

A GSOC spokesperson said it was policy that the commission didn’t comment on specific investigations.

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