Former GAA player arrested over alleged violent assault on boy at vacant property

Suspect, well known in GAA circles, was detained on Monday for questioning with a file on case now being sent to DPP


A stock picture of the Garda badge logo on Dublins Searse Street station.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 16, 2019. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man has been arrested for questioning over the alleged assault of a boy in the southwest of the country last year.

The suspect, who is well known in GAA circles nationally, was detained on Monday, some five months after the alleged violent incident.

It is understood the injured boy, aged 12, was in a vacant property when the alleged assault occurred. The scene was examined at the time and a statement was taken from the child.

The boy received hospital treatment at the time for serious, but non-life threatening, injuries and a criminal investigation immediately began. That inquiry has been ongoing since and resulted in the arrest of a suspect on Monday.


Investigating gardaí put a number of findings in their investigation to date to the man during questioning and he has since been released, with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions on the case.

The former GAA player (40s) was detained at a garda station in the region where the alleged assault occurred under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, allowing for him to be questioned by up to 24 hours without charge.

“He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,” a Garda statement said.

It added that the investigation was continuing and the force appealed to “anyone with any information in relation to this incident” to come forward.

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Conor Lally

Conor Lally

Conor Lally is Security and Crime Editor of The Irish Times