Fewer than 10 gardaí accessed Pulse record of Cowen offence, this may have being a Stitch Up, it would not be a First, Gardai are well known to Abuse the Pulse for years? Many in FF believe there were Sinister elements behind Barry Cowen’s Sacking, old Scores had to be settled, the old FF Way, Time will or may not Tell?
Gsoc is investigating not just an alleged leak but also Mr Cowen’s claims that the drink-driving incident was incorrectly recorded by gardaí (stock photo)
September 06 2020 02:30 AM
- THE Garda Pulse record of a drink-driving offence that cost Barry Cowen his job as agriculture minister was accessed by fewer than 10 gardaí, according to sources.
The Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly accused gardaí of committing a criminal act by disclosing details of the incident from his Pulse record. Cowen says the Pulse record is incorrect.
Those gardaí may now be interviewed by the Garda Ombudsman, which is investigating an alleged leak.
Any member of the force who accessed the Pulse record before the news of Mr Cowen’s driving offence first appeared in the media in July will be asked to account for their reasons for doing so. The Pulse system keeps a record of those who access its files.
The Garda Ombudsman’s office declined to comment on the case.
However, sources said that Garda headquarters has shared material with the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) on the case.
Gsoc is investigating not just an alleged leak but also Mr Cowen’s claims that the drink-driving incident was incorrectly recorded by gardaí.
Mr Cowen was found to be over the limit while driving himself and a friend home from the All-Ireland football final on September 2016. Mr Cowen was on a provisional licence at the time. The Dáil deputy was banned from driving for three months and received a €200 fine.
Details of the driving offence were revealed by the Irish Independent in July, weeks after he was appointed agriculture minister by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
A Pulse record of the incident suggested that Mr Cowen turned away from the checkpoint. However, Mr Cowen denied trying to evade a Garda checkpoint and has disputed the Garda record. In a statement after the allegation was first reported, Mr Cowen said: “This incorrect Garda record can only have come into the possession of the newspaper through a criminal act.”
He added: “It is obvious that the disclosure of this information at this time, in flagrant breach of the criminal law and my rights under data protection law, is a disgraceful attempt to cause me the maximum personal and political harm.”
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