Wednesday 15 August 2018

The politicians who backed tribunal garda only had one side of the story

Judge says people may wonder why Garda Keith Harrison's allegations made it to the tribunal at all

Disclosures Tribunal: Garda Keith Harrison and his partner Marisa Simms arrive at Dublin Castle in September Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Disclosures Tribunal: Garda Keith Harrison and his partner Marisa Simms arrive at Dublin Castle in September Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

AS maligned as public tribunals have been in the past, mainly due to their expense and length, this week's interim report of the Disclosures Tribunal demonstrates how a tightly run inquiry can reach conclusions on controversial issues swiftly.

The 97-page report by Mr Justice Peter Charleton into allegations by Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison was direct and unequivocal in its findings.

Over 19 days in September and October, the tribunal had public hearings into claims by Gda Harrison and his partner Marisa Simms of an inappropriate intrusion into their family life by Tusla, the child and family agency, at the behest of gardai.

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