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Committee hears that Special Needs Student was assaulted by gardai




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A committee has heard allegations that a teenager with special needs was assaulted by officers at a Garda station.

Gp, Dr Richard O’Flaherty, from Limerick, made the allegations at the Oireachtas Justice committee.

He said the whistleblowers charter for GardaĆ­ should be extended to doctors who want to reveal allegations of misconduct.

Under parliamentary privilege, he gave one example of how GardaĆ­ had allegedly abused one teenager with special needs.

Dr O’Flaherty said: “A special needs boy was arrested (after) he borrowed his father’s car. (He has) the body of a 17-year-old (and) the mind of an eight to 10 (year-old).

“He was taken in, stripped of his pants and underpants, whipped with a belt and told that they arrested his dad also and gave him the same thing.”

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