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Sexual harassment claims investigated within An Garda Síochána

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Deely: "An Garda Síochána expects its officers to behave with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism"
Deely: "An Garda Síochána expects its officers to behave with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism"

Gardai are investigating a number of sexual harassment and bullying claims within the force, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

According to information obtained by the Irish Examiner eight complaints of bullying and two complaints of sexual harassment are being probed within An Garda Síochána. 

Figures obtained by the publication reveal gardaí have made 32 bullying and harassment complaints from 2012 to the end of October this year. Since 2010, seven allegations of sexual harassment were made against colleagues. 

The two sexual harassment cases being investigated were lodged this year and last. 

Just three of the bullying allegations have been upheld, according to the figures. Of the 29 other allegations, 15 were not upheld, eight are ongoing, three were withdrawn, and two were categorised as “resolved”.

Three of the seven sexual harassment cases were upheld, two investigations are currently ongoing while another was informally settled. 

Taking into account the size of the force, which is more than 14,000 strong, the numbers should be seen in context, gardai said. 

“An Garda Síochána expects its officers to behave with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism at all times, and any conduct which brings, or is likely to bring, discredit on the organisation will be investigated,” Superintendent Helen Deely said.