Rape tape inquiry stalls over garda on sick leave
ONE of the three gardai at the centre of the Corrib protest rape tape controversy cannot be interviewed by the Garda Ombudsman Commission as he is on certified sick leave.
A court hearing into an unrelated incident has been told by lawyers for the man that he is "unmedically fit to attend".
Commission investigators have already interviewed four other members of the force and have closed the file on two of them. The two have since been returned to full duties by the garda authorities.
Commission sources said they expected the garda or his legal representatives to be in contact with them. Sources said they took the view that members of the public and of the garda force should be given every opportunity to come forward and be interviewed.
The three gardai are confined to office duties pending the outcome of the investigation.
The investigation centres on a tape recording of comments made by gardai in a patrol car as they returned from a protest at Aughoose, which resulted in the arrest of two women, on March 31. The two women were not in the patrol car at the time but were being taken separately to Belmullet garda station.
The investigation is also focusing on the background to the comments and the remarks exchanged between the women and the gardai prior to their arrest.