Tribunal

(Pictured: Retired Garda Sergeant Paul Barry. Photo: Collins)

A report from the Disclosures Tribunal investigating the claims of a retired garda sergeant, who says he was told by a superior officer to “cover up” the alleged sexual abuse of a child where the suspect was allegedly connected to senior gardaí, is expected to be completed before the end of the year after evidence concluded today.

The tribunal is investigating the claims of Paul Barry, who says he was targeted by superiors after he made a protected disclosure over the handling of an alleged child sex assault in Co Cork in 2012.

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A Longford man has told the Workplace Relations Commission that he went to a GP in Derry to get a medical certificate exempting him from the face mask rules in place last summer.

John Ryan, with an address at Dun Darrach in Longford Town, told a WRC discrimination hearing that the cert was signed by Derry GP Dr Anne McCloskey.

In his claim against Gerry Ellis & Sons Ltd, trading as Fresh Today at the Axis Centre in the town, Mr Ryan alleges he was discriminated against on the grounds of disability on 29 June 2021. He said he went to ….read more

A doctor has told the Disclosures Tribunal that she was “unnerved” by an “inappropriate” visit to her surgery from a Garda inspector over a sick certificate she issued to a retired sergeant who alleges bullying and harassment against Garda management.

The tribunal has heard that the retired sergeant received a certificate from the doctor recommending he could only return to work if he did not come in contact with his superintendent, or attend the Co Cork station at which his superior was based.

The inspector has told the tribunal that he had “never” seen a medical certificate stating that a Garda was ….read more

A garda inspector has denied that he visited a GP’s surgery because it was suspected a medical certificate issued to a sergeant who alleges he was bullied and harassed was a forgery, the Disclosures Tribunal has heard.

However, Inspector Anthony O’Sullivan today told the tribunal that he had “never” seen a medical certificate stating that someone was fit to return to work but should not attend their place of work and said he was told to check its validity.

The sergeant claims that the visit amounted to targeting him and had made him “upset and intimidated”, while the GP also told the ….read more

(Pictured: Retired Garda Sergeant Paul Barry. Photo: Collins)

A retired senior garda officer has told the Disclosures Tribunal that she was “hurt” and “disturbed” by a sergeant’s allegations that her investigation into his bullying and harassment complaints was a “sham”.

In a letter to the Minister for Justice, the now retired sergeant Paul Barry described Chief superintendent Catherine Kehoe’s investigation as a “sham” and alleged that the “inordinate” amount of time taken to conclude inquiries amounted to “perverting the course of justice”.

The tribunal is investigating claims made by Mr Barry, formerly of Mitchelstown Garda Station in Co Cork, who made a 2012 ….read more

A retired Garda superintendent has told the Disclosures Tribunal that he could not have conspired with other senior gardaí to place a sergeant in the same room as a superior officer – a situation the sergeant said made him “physically sick” – during policing of the Irish Open.

Today at the tribunal, Supt John Quilter said he booked a family holiday in December 2013, which was a month before the location of the golf tournament was announced and he could not therefore have conspired to put the former sergeant in “harm’s way”.

The tribunal is investigating the claims made by former Garda ….read more

A Garda Chief Superintendent has told the Disclosures Tribunal that he was “taken aback” by a medical certificate issued to a sergeant that cleared him as being fit for work but also meant he was unable to attend one of his workplaces.

Chief Superintendent Gerard Dillane told the tribunal of the “frustrating” situation caused by the certificate and said that he had never seen one like it in 34 years. He said he had “major issues” with the content and was concerned it could “start a trend”.

The tribunal is investigating the claims made by retired Gda Sgt Paul Barry, formerly ….read more

A Garda Superintendent whom a sergeant accused of “covering up” a child sex abuse allegation says he was prevented from doing his job due to the conditions of a medical certificate issued to the sergeant, the Disclosures Tribunal has heard.

In a letter to his superiors, Supt Michael Comyns wrote it was “just not possible” to have a sergeant in a district that did not report to a superintendent and that this would “create a very serious and unworkable precedent” in An Garda Síochána, the tribunal also heard.

The tribunal has heard from retired Gda Sgt Paul Barry, formerly of Mitchelstown ….read more

(Pictured: Retired Garda Sergeant Paul Barry. Photo: Collins)

A former Garda sergeant says he was told by his superior to “cover up” the alleged sexual abuse of a child in which a suspect was allegedly connected to senior gardaí, the Disclosures Tribunal has heard.

The tribunal heard that the superintendent denies the allegations and has described them as “unfounded and vexatious”.

The tribunal is hearing from retired Gda Sgt Paul Barry, formerly of Mitchelstown Garda Station in Co Cork, who made a 2012 complaint that the proper investigation of a child sexual assault allegation was prevented by a superintendent, Michael Comyns, who he ….read more

(Pictured: Retired Garda Sergeant Paul Barry. Photo: Collins)

by Paul Nielan

A former garda sergeant has told the Disclosures Tribunal that an investigation into a complaint he made over the handling of a child sex assault allegation was a “sham; devoid of morality, sentiment and conscience”.

The tribunal is hearing from retired Gda Sgt Paul Barry, formerly of Mitchelstown Garda Station in Co Cork, who made a 2012 complaint that the proper investigation of a child sexual assault allegation was prevented by a superintendent, who he says bullied and harassed him. The Director of Public Prosecutions later directed there be no prosecution of ….read more

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