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Gardaí to investigate possible leak over Barry Cowen's drink-driving ban

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11:01 12 Jul 2020


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Gardaí have launched a preliminary investigation 

Gardaí have launched a preliminary investigation into the possible leaking of information about Barry Cowen's drink-driving ban.

Last week, the Agriculture Minister apologised in the Dáil for the 2016 incident, which he described as a "Stupid, stupid mistake."

He confirmed he had consumed two drinks before attending the All Ireland Football Final in Dublin in 2016, before eating a light meal after the match.

While driving home to Offaly, he was stopped and breathalysed.

After being found to be over the legal alcohol limit, he was given a €200 fine and a three-month driving ban.

He held a learner drivers' permit at the time as his previous provisional licence had lapsed.

In a statement,  An Garda Síochána said it is conducting "a preliminary examination to ascertain if an investigation should be conducted into whether a third party had access to personal data held by the organisation in relation to an individual."

 


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