Monday 19 February 2018

Daly arrest leak 'probably' came from gardaí but no charges

Independent TD Clare Daly
Independent TD Clare Daly

Robin Schiller

No charges will be brought over the alleged leaking of Clare Daly's 2013 arrest to the media - despite Gsoc stating that the disclosure was "probably" made by gardaí.

An investigation stemming from Ms Daly's complaint found that "on the balance of probability", the unlawful disclosure of information relating to her arrest emanated from within An Garda Síochána.

However, Gsoc also said that it was impossible to state that the information of the TD's arrest on the suspicion of drink-driving was released by a particular garda or any other identifiable person.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, the Ombudsman Commission considered that there was insufficient evidence of a criminal offence by any individual to warrant sending a file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions," a statement from the watchdog said.

Ms Daly was arrested on the suspicion of drink-driving on January 29, 2013. The news of her detention appeared in various media outlets the following day, causing her to lodge a complaint with Gsoc over the unlawful disclosure of information.

No charges were ever filed against the TD and she was cleared of any wrongdoing.

A statement from Gsoc also said that Ms Daly was "entitled to the presumption of innocence" and that she had a right to privacy.

"These rights appear to have been infringed by the release of such information," the statement said.

It was also revealed that 145 people "potentially had knowledge of the incident on 29 January via Pulse or via the email containing information" regarding the arrest.

Irish Independent

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