GSOC at odds with Garda over handling of fatal crash scene

Ombudsman believes protocols governing Garda-related fatalities were broken

The scene of the crash in Fairview, Dublin.

The scene of the crash in Fairview, Dublin.

The difficult relationship between the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) and the Garda force has come under renewed strain following a serious dispute about the handling of a road traffic fatality which occurred during a Garda pursuit in north Dublin yesterday morning.

Senior officers in GSOC claim the incident was not formally referred to the organisation until 7.30am yesterday, some 5½ hours after it happened in Fairview, even though GSOC has 24-hour on-call arrangements for such referrals.

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