The late Dublin-born blogger and journalist with the Dublin Inquirer Dara Quigley
On Saturday, Conor Feehan, in the Herald, reported that the guard suspected of recording video footage of Dara Quigley being arrested and dragged into a Garda car while walking naked in Dublin city centre “will not face prosecution”.
Dara, who was battling mental health issues, took her own life within days of the video being shared on Facebook by a separate person.
An investigation by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) into the incident is ongoing.
Mr Feehan reported:
“The matter was referred to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) and an investigation into the conduct of the garda began.
“It is believed the garda at the centre of the investigation was suspended at the time of the incident.
“A spokesperson for the GSOC said the investigation was still ongoing. However, the Herald has learned from other sources that the garda who is suspected of recording the footage is not to face criminal prosecution.
“The garda could, however, still face disciplinary action when the GSOC investigation is completed.
“It is understood that when the investigation was first launched, the possible criminal aspect of it was looked at first, and the decision was made by the Director of Public Prosecutions that there would be no criminal charge stemming from the incident.”
The GSOC investigation into Dara Quigley’s death continues, but the Indo reports the garda involved won’t be prosecuted. I’ve emailed @GardaTraffic @GardaOmbudsman @DeptJusticeIRL @CharlieFlanagan @OCallaghanJim @Donnchadhol (below). Hoping for answers, expecting “no comments”. pic.twitter.com/iPgdBlCaK0
— Sam Tranum (@samtranum) August 6, 2018
Sam Tranum, of Dublin Inquirer – where Dara worked – has contacted An Garda Síochána, GSOC, the Department of Justice, the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesperson TD Jim O’Callaghan and Sinn Féin’s justice spokesperson TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire to check this story’s veracity.
Mr Tranum has also contacted the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He is tweeting his responses, as he gets them, here.