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Garda in probe over racist taxi rant claim

A garda who was suspended from duty following an allegation that he raped a woman in a house has been exonerated in that case but is now the subject of fresh disciplinary proceedings.

The garda was suspended after the rape allegation in a house in Lucan in west Dublin last May but investigations revealed that he had no case to answer in that matter.

Sources have revealed that just before he was due to return to work, he became involved in another alleged incident which means he is still suspended.

The garda who is based in the north east is now being investigated for the alleged racial abuse of a taxi man.

It is alleged that the taxi man recorded a "racial rant" directed against him in his taxi.

After the incident, the taxi man reported the matter to gardai and the matter is now the subject of an investigation.

The incident happened shortly after gardai found that the officer had no case to answer in relation to the rape complaint at a house in Lucan on the night of May 11 last.

The woman said she went back to the house with another man that night and had consensual sex with him. During the night, she told officers, five other men came into a room where she was staying.

All were naked, she said. She alleged one of the men then raped her and another committed a serious sexual assault on her. She accused a named garda of being involved in one of the attacks.