The partner of Garda Keith Harrison has told the Disclosures Tribunal that she has no issue with the child and family agency Tusla, and she now believes the agency dealt appropriately with a referral from gardaí.

Marissa Simms also agreed that she had no basis for believing that gardaí had tried to manipulate Tusla on the referral and it was entirely reasonable for them to pass on the complaint.

The Tribunal is examining contacts between Tusla and gardaí about Gda Harris.

Ms Simms said she had thought at the time that it was a coincidence that a social worker had come to visit their home in February 2014 shortly after she had withdrawn her complaint against Gda Harrison and she said she thought it was suspicious.

The couple alleges that the visit caused huge distress to their family. Tusla concluded there were no child protection issues and closed the file.

Chairman of the tribunal Mr Justice Peter Charleton asked Ms Simms if she was asking him to accept that Tusla had abused its powers by carrying out the home visit and if so, where was the evidence.

She said she was not and she said it was just her opinion.

Tusla's lawyer said it now appeared that the allegation being examined by the tribunal in this section was no longer being pursued.

The lawyer for the sergeant and inspector who took her statement put it to Ms Simms that she had a casual regard for people's professional reputations. Ms Simms denied this.

Desmond Dockery asked if she was easily led or prone to following suggestions.

Ms Simms said she was in such a bad place that she probably could be easily guided by people.

Ms Simms also agreed with the lawyer for An Garda Síochána that it was entirely reasonable for gardaí to refer the matter to Tusla.

Partner did not intend to make statement

Earlier, Ms Simms told the tribunal that she did not go voluntarily to a garda station and that she never intended to make a statement about him.

She said she was told that gardaí would call to her house if she did not come to Letterkenny Garda Station and that the garda chief wanted her to come in.

She said she was told she was coming in for a chat at the station on 6 October 2013 and she did not realise until afterwards that it had amounted to a statement of complaint.

The statement alleged that Gda Harrison had threatened her. It was sent by gardaí to Tusla, and to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and fed into a criminal investigation.

Ms Simms withdrew the statement in January 2014 but at that time, she said the contents were true.

Today, Ms Simms said she never wanted garda intervention in her life.

When at the station, she said she felt afraid when one sergeant told her to "think of the children". 

She said it was said more than once and that if she was wavering, if they did not get what they wanted from her, think of the children was mentioned.

She was exhausted and confused at the end of the eight-and-a-half hour interview and she said she was just nodding along to questions.

She said words like "abusive" and "aggressive" were not her words and she may have just nodded in agreement.

There were elements of the statement that she said she would never have shared with anyone including details of her partner's suspected infidelities.

Ms Simms disputed several aspects of her statement. 

She said there were 14 amendments that she never initialed. She said she had never been put out of her home by Gda Harrison and that she left voluntarily. 

Ms Simms also said Gda Harrison had not said he would burn and bury her and that what he said was that she would get burnt by the disagreements with her family.

Counsel for the tribunal Kathleen Leader said there was a big dispute between the gardaí and Ms Simms about how she went to the station and the statement itself.

Ms Leader asked her about a text she sent to Inspector Goretti Sheridan at 11.15pm that night which said "thanks for everything".  Ms Simms said she was not happy giving the statement.

The tribunal also heard that she texted her sister and her ex-husband while she was at the station saying that she was OK. 

Ms Leader said the texts could suggest that Ms Simms was okay and was happy at the station but Ms Simms denied this.

The next day, she also texted Insp Sheridan saying that she asked Gda Harrison to stop calling her or she would get a safety order.

She was also questioned as to why she gave her phone to gardaí two days later if they had treated her badly and pried into her personal life. 

Ms Simms said it could have been that she was happy that they investigate Gda Harrison's behaviour towards her.

She said she did not know why she handed it over. Ms Simms said they just asked her for it and she passed it on.

The tribunal also heard of several internet searches conducted by Ms Simms the day after the garda interview.

Ms Simms looked up barring and safety orders and news stories about gardaí or policemen harassing their partners.

Ms Simms said Insp Sheridan had suggested a safety order to her and she was just looking it up. She also said she was just looking up the definition of harassment.

Ms Leader said Ms Simms' phone evidence showed that she seemed determined to pursue a family law matter in terms of safety orders or a criminal investigation by handing over her phone. Ms Simms denied this.

Ms Simms was visibly upset during parts of her evidence and said her life was being torn apart at the tribunal.

She also said the inquiry was only getting "a snippet" of what herself and Gda Harrison had to endure over the past few years