Written Answers. - County Dublin Garda Inquiries.

Tuesday, 12 June 1984

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 351 No. 6

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Mr. De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  asked the Minister for Justice if he is aware that a member of the Garda Síochána (details supplied) called on a Chilean family in County Dublin on a number of occasions recently and if on the last occasion, 30 May 1984 he entered the house on invitation or search warrant, and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Noonan,: Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  Limerick East): I am informed by the Garda authorities that a member of the Garda Síochána called to the home of this family on three occasions in May 1984 in order to speak to a member of the family. They say that on the first two occasions the garda was informed that the person in question was not at home [759] and that on the third occasion which was on 30 May 1984 when the member concerned was accompanied by another member of the Force they were asked by the person who answered the door to wait a moment and after about two minutes he came back and said to them “you can come in now”.

The Garda authorities also say that when the members entered the front room of the house the person who had asked them to come in switched on a tape recorder and began shouting and abusing the members and that two other men then opened the door of the room and commenced taking photographs of the members. The Garda say that the members then left the house because of the hostility being displayed towards them.

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