Statement from Clare Daly TD re: GSOC report into the leaking of information about her arrest by An Garda Síochána

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Statement from Clare Daly TD re: GSOC report into the leaking of information about her arrest by An Garda Síochána

I welcome the publication of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission report following their investigation into the leaking to the media of information about my arrest on 29 January 2013. The report concluded that, on the balance of probabilities, some of the details relating to my arrest came from within An Garda Siochána and were made available to the media in an unauthorised manner. I also welcome the acknowledgement that my right to privacy and the presumption of innocence were infringed by these leaks.

I believe that the leaking of information about my arrest, coming as it did at the height of a period during which I was working to expose Garda malpractice, was a deliberate attempt to damage me, and to distract from the issues.

While I compliment the work of GSOC staff, the investigation highlights the limitations placed on the investigative powers available to the Commission by legislation – for example it took almost three-and-a-half years for the investigation to come to a conclusion, in part because of stonewalling and non-cooperation by An Garda Síochána.

In relation to my complaint, I asked GSOC to establish if the information which made its way into the media concerning this incident came from within the ranks of An Garda Síochána. I note with interest that this is precisely what the Commission concluded.