A senior garda officer, who is the subject of an investigation by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, has been suspended from duty.

GSOC began its investigation last month after it received a complaint alleging serious misconduct by the officer in question.

The decision to suspend the senior officer pending the outcome of the GSOC investigation was taken by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

Garda Headquarters has confirmed the suspension and has said that it would be making no further comment.