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Probe into Garda ‘rape joke’ tape underway


05.04.11

 

Investigations are underway into claims that Gardaí joked about raping and deporting a woman who was protesting against the Corrib Gas project in County Mayo.

 

The Shell to Sea campaign has produced a tape which it says was inadvertently recorded in a Garda car following the arrest of two women at a protest at the Bellinaboy site.

 

At the time of the arrest a video camera was confiscated but it continued to record audio of a conversation between two officers.

 

The two women involved were arrested after one of them had been taken down from the roof of a tractor hired for Shell's preparatory work on the Corrib gas pipeline at Aughoose.

 

Both women were later released without charge.

 

A senior garda from outside the division had been appointed to "establish the facts and report on the matter".

 

The Garda Ombudsman will also be investigating the comments.