The Garda Commissioner has issued a full apology to a former member of the force who was subject to an investigation and threatened with dismissal after she became pregnant by another recruit garda in 1984.

Majella Moynihan, who was 22 years old at the time has spoken for the first time about the ordeal in a RTÉ Radio Documentary on One programme broadcast today.

In a statement this evening, Commissioner Drew Harris said he fully apologised to Ms Moynihan on behalf of An Garda Síochána "for the manner in which she was treated and the subsequent lifelong impact this had on her." 

Majella Moynihan

There was an internal garda investigation on Ms Moynihan for a breach of discipline, and she was later charged with two counts under the 1971 Garda Síochána Regulations.

The charges related to premarital sex and giving birth outside marriage.

She was not convicted when the Archbishop of Dublin advised the Garda Commissioner that such a conviction might encourage other gardaí to travel to the UK for abortions.

She says she was made aware that she would have been sacked without this intervention.

Majella in her early 20s

Ms Moynihan was then summoned to a sworn hearing on the conduct of the recruit garda, the father of her child, where she had to testify about her sexual relationship with him and her sexual history.

The father was fined £90 for his conduct.

34 years later, Ms Moynihan has told her story publicly for the first time in a Documentary on One on RTÉ Radio 1.