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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Gsoc probe into crash that left motorcyclist seriously injured

'Investigators from the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) are now examining the circumstances surrounding the incident'
'Investigators from the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) are now examining the circumstances surrounding the incident'
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

The Garda Ombudsman is examining a road traffic accident in which a motorcyclist was injured and three people arrested.

Three juveniles were in custody following a crash on the New Nangor Road in Dublin on Thursday evening.

A car was involved in the collision at around 6pm, which resulted in a motorcyclist suffering serious injuries.

The car involved failed to stop for gardaí prior to the incident.

Investigators from the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) are now examining the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A referral was made to Gsoc on Thursday night under Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act. It's understood that as gardaí engaged the vehicle involved prior the incident, and because the collision resulted in serious injury, the matter was referred to the Garda Ombudsman.

"There is nothing at this stage which indicates garda misconduct but it has been referred to Gsoc as is a statutory obligations," a source said.

Following the collision, a man in his 50s was brought to Tallaght Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardaí attended a two vehicle road traffic collision [on Thursday] evening, August 15, on the New Nangor Road, Dublin.

"Three juveniles have been arrested in relation to this incident and investigations are ongoing."

The primary responsibility of Gsoc is to deal with complaints made by members of the public concerning the conduct of members of the Garda Síochána.

This includes circumstances where, following a referral by gardaí, it appears an incident involving a garda may have resulted in serious injury.

In its annual report published in May, Gsoc said that it had received 1,921 complaints last year. The figure is a decrease of 28 on the number of complaints received in 2017, which was 1,949.

Gsoc also sent 17 files to the DPP and dealt with 17 public interest cases, with 14 cases being closed.

A further 24 protected disclosures were made to Gsoc during 2018 under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.

Irish Independent

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