Investigation begins into garda behaviour at protest

 

A former assistant garda commissioner is to head an investigation into complaints about Garda behaviour received by the Garda Complaints Board following the 'Reclaim the Streets' march last month.

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Police tackle portesters during the demonstration over the May bank hholiday that resulted in 41 compliants being made against the Gardai for the allegaed use of excessive force

This investigation is to be carried out by former assistant commissioner Mr Jim McHugh, it was announced today. Mr McHugh has also previously served as a member of the Board.

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In serious matters the public want independence and they're going to get this now
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Mr Gordon Holmes who will chair the inquiry into police actions during the riot.

"In serious matters the public want independence and they're going to get this now," said Mr Holmes.

The investigation is expected to be completed within six months, when Mr McHugh will present a report to the Board. The matter can then be referred to a Tribunal of the Board, which would be drawn from members of the Board who had not been involved in the investigation.