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Garda settles bid to be restored as minister's driver

A GARDA who sought to be restored to his position as a ministerial driver has settled his High Court action.

The settlement is confidential but it included a statement read to the court that Garda Liam Farrell has an unblemished record and no adverse finding has been made against him.

Garda Farrell (51) claimed he was transferred out of the transport section over what he says was a false allegation by his wife that he put his official revolver to his mouth during a dispute with her 12 years ago.

Following talks yesterday, on the third day of his action against the Garda Commissioner and the State, his counsel Eugene Gleeson said the differences between the parties had been resolved.

Mr Gleeson read an agreed statement in which the Garda Commissioner acknowledged, in relation to the specific issues in this case, there were no adverse findings against him and that he has an unblemished record of service.

Counsel asked the court to adjourn the case for four weeks for implementation of the settlement.


Mr Justice George Birmingham, who urged the parties to talk shortly after the case began on Wednesday, said he was pleased to hear what Mr Gleeson said.

Garda Farrell, who had been driver for the late Seamus Brennan while he was Fianna Fail chief whip, asked the court for a number of orders, including his restoration to his driving position, or an alternative similar position, along with payments and pension entitlements he enjoyed as a driver.

He claimed as a result of being transferred out of the driving pool, he lost €60,000 in pay, and will lose another €118,000 in the future.

The defendants denied his claims.