Updated: 11/10/17 : 05:41:25Printable Version
Sligo superintendent tells Disclosures Tribunal she accepts responsibility for investigation delay
The Disclosures Tribunal yesterday concluded hearing direct evidence in relation to Garda Keith Harrison and has called for closing submissions today.
This section of the inquiry is investigating contacts between the Gardaí and Tusla in relation to Garda Harrison.
Yesterday, a Sligo based superintendent appointed in February 2014 to conduct a disciplinary and criminal investigation in relation to Garda Harrison, told the Tribunal she should have written to him straight away to inform him of the proceedings.
Garda Harrison did not find out until December 2014 and he brought a legal challenge to the proceedings in the High Court.'Malicious'
reports that the investigation was into allegations that he had assaulted and harassed his partner and that he had allegedly accessed details of her car on the Garda pulse system.
Garda Harrison alleged it was malicious.
In December 2015, the court found there was an "inordinate delay" in the investigation and it was stopped.
Superintendent Mary Murray of Sligo Garda station said she accepted responsibility for the delay.
She said she should have sought guidance from Garda Internal Affairs in relation to the investigation.Ms Murray said she heard in May 2014 from media reports that Garda Harrison had made a protected disclosure to the Garda Confidential Recipient.
She said she "knew straight away" that she could not approach him as it might be perceived that it was a form of harassment or that the Gardaí were trying to hinder him.
She said she did not check with her superiors and she should have.