Monday 23 April 2018

Ex-minister wants garda sex abuse claim probed

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

FORMER justice minister Alan Shatter has called for allegations of sexual abuse by a serving garda being covered up to be part of the inquiry into garda whistleblower claims.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to order an investigation into allegations a young woman was sexually abused by a garda, which were first revealed by the Irish Independent last month.

The woman's claims were passed to Mr Kenny by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin who met her in his Dail office six weeks ago.

The 22-year-old woman claims her allegations were not properly investigated by gardai and the incident was then covered up.

It has also emerged the complaint was never recorded on the garda Pulse system.

A statutory inquiry has been promised by the Government to look into the garda handling of complaints by whistleblowers of wrongdoing in investigations in several garda divisions, including Cavan-Monaghan.

Mr Shatter said if the statutory inquiry is to be "comprehensive" it should also include all cases dealt with in Bailieborough garda station which have given rise to complaint.

The establishment of the inquiry was recommended in the report into whistleblower allegations by barrister Sean Guerin.

Irish Independent

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