The Disclosures Tribunal has heard that Tusla, the child and family agency, would have taken a referral about Garda Keith Harrison more seriously if it had been given more details.

A lawyer for Tusla said gardaí could have provided more information that would have cast Gda Harrison in a bad light if they wished, but they did not do so.

However, he said Tusla regarded the referral received as a legitimate referral.

The inquiry is investigating contact between gardaí and Tusla in relation to Gda Harrison.

Sgt Brigid McGowan was questioned about her referral to Tusla in October 2013. 

She denied not passing on the full information based on a statement made by Marissa Simms, Gda Harrison's partner.

She said she specifically told Tusla that Ms Simms had said Gda Harrison had threatened to burn and bury her. 

Tusla says it was only told there was a threat made in front of children but it lacked detail.

Paul Anthony McDermott, SC for Tusla, said the agency regarded the original referral received as a legitimate one.

He said Tusla was not criticising gardaí as regards the amount of information given as gardaí had to make a judgement call.

But he said that it appeared they could have provided more information that would have cast him in a bad light if they wished.

Tusla concluded there were no child protection issues following a visit from a social worker to the home of Gda Harrison and Ms Simms on 7 February 2014. The file was then closed.

The couple allege that the interaction between the social worker and the children on that date caused distress and there were serious consequences.

Sgt McGowan also denied that during the interview when Ms Simms made the complaint against Gda Harrison, that she told Ms Simms to think of the children.

Sgt McGowan said that was absolutely untrue and she was shocked to hear it.