Saturday 15 December 2018

The TDs who backed Keith Harrison

Garda Keith Harrison. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Garda Keith Harrison. Photo: Gareth Chaney Newsdesk Newsdesk

In February Labour TD Alan Kelly welcomed news that Garda Harrison would be dealt with by the Disclosures Tribunal, saying "there are similarities between his case and the others in the form of the role of Tusla and how he, Marisa and their family were treated".

Mick Wallace TD raised Gda Harrison's case in January, and later said: "As soon as Keith Harrison put his head above the parapet, he got barraged from all angles by the hierarchy of the force, which had not changed its spots."

Earlier, in December 2015, Clare Daly asked: "Harrison, a member of the Garda? Senior management pressured his girlfriend into making a complaint against him. He had to go to the High Court to stop an action against him...

"Who will be held to account for the breach of human rights of that whistleblower?"

And as far back as May 2014 Pearse Doherty was raising matters relating to Garda Harrison. "Garda Keith Harrison claims that as a result of arresting a member of the drugs unit in Athlone for drunk driving, that Garda management maliciously set out targeting him, while the arrested garda was afforded protection by Garda management."

Irish Independent

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