Thursday 22 August 2019

Garda investigation after former TD arrested and 'pepper-sprayed' at his home

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A garda investigation is underway after a former TD was arrested outside his home and reportedly pepper-sprayed.

The Daily Mail is reporting that former Co Clare deputy Michael McNamara was stopped at his home in the early hours of December 10 after he was followed there by a garda.

According to the newspaper Mr McNamara,  who is also a barrister and Labour spokesperson on international tax justice, was pepper-sprayed outside the property in Scariff, Co Clare and arrested.

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."

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) may also investigate the matter if a complaint is made.

Mr McNamara was first elected to the Dáil in 2011 but failed to retain his seat earlier this year.

He then launched an unsuccessful bid to be elected to the Seanad.

The politician is married to the Sarah-Jane Hillery, a fellow barrister and granddaughter of former president Patrick Hillery.

Mr McNamara did not respond to requests for comment from Independent.ie.

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