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Garda arrest over info disclosure
28 May 2015 20:08
A senior Garda officer remains in questioning this evening as part of an investigation into the unlawful disclosure of information to the media .
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The investigation began last year following a report by the former Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan into the removal by gardaí of two children from their families in Athlone and Dublin in October 2013.
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The report found that while the Health Service Executive could not be ruled out, the release of details in relation to one of the children probably came from someone within the Garda and may have been an offence.
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The officer was arrested this morning after he was suspected of breaching the Garda Síochána Act. His period of detention was extended this afternoon.
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RTÉ News has learned that he was authorised to speak to the media at the time the children were removed from their families.
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He is the most senior garda officer ever to have been arrested as part of a criminal investigation and the Government has been informed.
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Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has suspended him from duty.
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