Monday 22 January 2018

Whistleblower on stress-related leave ordered to return to station

Despite warnings from the Garda medical officer, Keith Harrison was instructed in writing on January 20 to return to Donegal Town garda station. (Stock picture)
Despite warnings from the Garda medical officer, Keith Harrison was instructed in writing on January 20 to return to Donegal Town garda station. (Stock picture)

Ian Begley

A garda whistleblower who has been on stress-related leave since 2014 has been ordered to return to work at the Donegal station where he previously served.

Despite warnings from the Garda medical officer, Keith Harrison was instructed in writing on January 20 to return to Donegal Town garda station.

Confidential documents seen by RTÉ's 'This Week' programme revealed that assistant chief medical officer Dr Richard Quigley advised that there were risks associated with sending him back to the station he had worked in previously.

Mr Harrison has been out of work on sick leave since 2014 and without pay since 2015.

His claims of harassment will be considered by the upcoming Disclosures Tribunal. The garda had also raised concerns about the alleged conduct of a number of gardaí at the station.

The decision to send him back to work followed a series of meetings between Garda Harrison and senior management and HR staff from the force in December.

Irish Independent

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