Rights watchdog welcomes public interest probe into Gardaí “rape” tape

  • 05-04-2011
  • Categorized in: Justice


Statement, for immediate release

5 April 2011

Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the decision of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to commence an independent investigation “in the public interest” into allegations regarding Garda conduct during the policing of a protest relating to the Corrib gas pipeline last Thursday.

Mr Mark Kelly, Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties said:

“It is very much in the public interest that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission independently investigate these very disturbing allegations. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties hopes that this GSOC public interest investigation will look beyond the headline issue of the remarks allegedly made by individual Gardaí and also examine the systemic question of whether the public order training received by those policing the Corrib gas pipeline dispute has been appropriately human rights proofed. Without prejudice to GSOC’s findings, the transcript which has been published suggests that some Gardaí remain uncertain about the legitimate means that may be used when policing public order events and about the ways in which they may be held accountable for their actions. ”

“The ICCL also trusts that this GSOC investigation will be conducted in a prompt and expeditious manner, and that the results will be published”, Mr Kelly added.

ENDS.

For more information, please contact:

Walter Jayawardene
Communications Manager
Irish Council for Civil Liberties
9-13 Blackhall Place
Dublin 7
Ireland

Tel. + 353 1 799 4503
Mob: +353 87 9981574   
Fax. + 353 1 799 4512

Note to editors:

The investigation is being carried out under section 102(4) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which empowers the Commission to conduct investigations into matters it identifies as being ‘in the public interest’.

Section 102(4) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 states:
The Ombudsman Commission may, if it appears to it desirable in the public interest to do so and without receiving a complaint, investigate any matter that appears to it to indicate that a member of the Garda Síochána may have—

(a) committed an offence, or
(b) behaved in a manner that would justify disciplinary proceedings.


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