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Monday 5 December 2016

Garda facing charges over assault still on station duty

Brian Hanrahan Picture: Tony Gavin
Brian Hanrahan Picture: Tony Gavin

A garda charged with assaulting two young women after a night out in Tipperary remains on duty.

Garda Brian Hanrahan has been assigned to desk duties in Newcastlewest, the largest town in Co Limerick, pending the resolution of his case before Nenagh District Court.

It is understood that this will involve him dealing with paperwork, phone queries and other station-related work.

A Garda spokesman declined to comment on the matter as it is before the courts.

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Garda Hanrahan (34) and his legal team have already indicated that they want the court proceedings dealt with as quickly as possible

The young officer made no reply when charged with assaulting two young women following a night out in Tipperary.

Garda Hanrahan of Newcastlewest, Co Limerick, was charged before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Nenagh District Court last Thursday.

The Garda - who made headlines last year when he was shot and seriously injured while on holiday in the US - was charged with two alleged assaults contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act. Both counts relate to an alleged incident last February in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Det Inspector Pat O'Callaghan told Judge MacGrath that the Director of Public Prosecutions has already indicated the matters can be dealt with summarily at district court level.

Garda Hanrahan was remanded to appear again before Nenagh District Court later this month.

The young officer made headlines in both Ireland and the US in January 2015 when he was shot during an attempted robbery in New Orleans.

Garda Hanrahan underwent emergency surgery with major fundraising events staged in both Ireland and the US to support him.

In June of this year, Garda Hanrahan was awarded more than €36,000 compensation for injuries he suffered while chasing criminals almost six years ago.

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