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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Contempt of court proceedings brought against Garda Commissioner Drew Harris

Proceedings alleging contempt of court have been brought against Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and have been granted permission by the High Court.

The proceedings have been taken by Det. Garda Aidan Bracken, who has been unable to work since 2015, over an alleged failure to comply with a court order made last August.

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The order requires the commissioner to conduct a fair assessment of injuries the Garda claims he suffered when performing his duties.

The order adds that the assessment be carried out by the Garda Chief Medical Officer. Harris’ lawyers opposed the application, arguing that some progress has been made on the matter while describing the contempt of court proceedings as “premature”.

The detective claims he suffered psychiatric injuries while performing his duties investigating criminal gangs, with his lawyers claiming the assessment had not been completed.

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Based in Kildare, Bracken claimed that serious and credible threats were made against him by criminals after several gang members were jailed as a result of his work.

He stated that his mental health was badly affected by the aftermath and eventually resulted in him being diagnosed with conditions such as PTSD.

JohnKenny SC, for Det Bracken, said that although the matter had been before the court on two occasions since August, the medical assessment has not been completed.

Counsel stated that all his client wants is compliance with the order and is not seeking any punitive measures against Harris.

Mr. Justice Charles Meenan adjourned the matter for two weeks.

IMAGE – Gardainfo/Twitter

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