The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL DEEERING

A Sligo Garda is at the cen­tre of a row that has seen an As­sis­tant Garda Com­mis­sioner sus­pended from duty.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Fin­tan Fan­ning who has been sus­pended from duty pend­ing the out­come of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by (GSOC) is said to be plan­ning a High Court ac­tion chal­leng­ing the de­ci­sion. As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Fan­ning was sus­pended on the or­ders of the Garda Com­mis­sioner Drew Har­ris on Thurs­day.

It is un­der­stood he will ar­gue that his sus­pen­sion was un­nec­es­sary as he had pro­vided the com­mis­sioner with full and de­tailed an­swers to al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct which were made against him by the Sligo garda last No­vem­ber. It is un­der­stood the garda who is from Sligo, but never sta­tioned here and whose com­plaints are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by GSOC has made two al­le­ga­tions against Mr Fan­ning.

The first con­cerns an al­leged in­ci­dent where the garda was tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended from duty pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an al­leged as­sault two years ago. Fol­low­ing a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the DPP de­cided the garda had no case to an­swer and he was re-in­stated. The sec­ond al­le­ga­tion is un­der­stood to cen­tre on an the of­fi­cer’s un­suc­cess­ful bid to be se­lected on a spe­cial­ist firearms course. Mr Fan­ning sub­mit­ted a num­ber of full and de­tailed re­sponses to the al­le­ga­tions which were sent to the Com­mis­sioner’s of­fice in De­cem­ber.It is be­lieved Mr Fan­ning has claimed he was fol­low­ing es­tab­lished pro­ce­dures in re­la­tion to the com­plainant’s orig­i­nal sus­pen­sion from duty.

As­sis­tant Garda Com­mis­sioner Fin­tan Fan­ning.

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