ALL the gardaí at the centre of the ‘Corrib rape tape’ debacle have now been interviewed by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), it has emerged.
The chairman of the garda watchdog, Dermot Gallagher, also confirmed last week that the videotape – in which officers were inadvertently recorded joking about raping a female Corrib protestor – has been sent out of the jurisdiction for forensic analysis to confirm its authenticity.
Mr Gallagher said he expected the investigation – opened by the GSOC ‘in the public interest’ – to be completed by the end of the summer.
Meanwhile, gardaí in Belmullet have appealed for assistance in the investigation of an alleged serious assault at the Party Against the Pipe festival held in Aughoose, over the June Bank Holiday weekend. The festival marked ten years of protest against the controversial Corrib gas project.
The alleged assault on a woman took place at the festival between 11.30pm on Saturday, June 4, and 3am on Sunday, June 5.
Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí in Belmullet at 097 81910 or the Garda Confidential line, 1800 666111.
Both Shell to Sea and Rossport Solidarity Camp spokespeople declined to comment on the matter yesterday due to the sensitivity of the case and the fact that gardaí are currently investigating the matter.