Daly blasts gardai over recent arrest

by Gazette Reporter
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LOCAL Independent TD Clare Daly has accused the gardai of deliberately attempting to discredit her by revealing details of her recent arrest on suspicion of drink driving.
Since her arrest, Deputy Daly has revealed that she was not over the drink driving limit when she was arrested by gardai recently, with results proving she was in fact 33% below the limit. She also said the issue is now being investigated by the Garda Ombudsman due to the fact that the news of her arrest on suspicion was leaked to the media.
“I believe that this was a deliberate attempt to discredit a left-wing TD who has raised issues of malpractice within An Garda Siochana. This information could only have come from within the gardai,” she said.
Deputy Daly was arrested by gardai on Monday, January 28, after she made an illegal right turn on the South Circular Road and after consuming a hot whiskey when visiting a house in south Dublin.
“I was breathalysed but the equipment didn’t register a reading,” a statement on the TD’s website said. “I was arrested and handcuffed on the side of the road. I objected to being handcuffed and stated that I would willingly go to the Garda station. I was told by the arresting garda that this was procedure.”
At Kilmainham garda station, Deputy Daly said she was at one point placed in a cell by herself.
“I believe that the gardai implementing road safety have a job to do and I support them. However, I object strongly to the arrest, handcuffing and release of information re the arrest on suspicion of drink driving to the tabloid press early on Tuesday. My legal advice is that none of this is procedure,” she said.
According to Deputy Daly, the official result of the test on the urine sample she provided showed that she was 33% below the allowable limit.
The Garda Ombudsman is investigating the matter, as a criminal investigation under Section 98 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005. “This is a very serious issue. Every citizen is entitled to their good name and to have their privacy respected,” she continued.

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