Investigations, understood to be at an advanced stage, are taking place into allegations that a member of the Garda Síochána, who was previously shot in 2015 while on holidays in the US, assaulted two women last February. The allegations have been instigated against 34 year old Garda Mr Brian Hanrahan, latter who originally hails from Killenaule in Co. Tipperary.
Gardaí immediately began their investigations after two unnamed women alleged that they were struck by him during a night out in Co Tipperary. The women claim to have suffered facial injuries following an argument between them and Mr Hanrahan, when he was granted a lift to his home by them from the Nenagh area.
Garda Hanrahan, a married father-of-two, was shot in New Orleans last year and found by police at 5.40am on January 27th, 2015, lying critically injured in the driveway of a house. Mr Hanrahan later received surgery to remove a bullet and members of the public on both sides of the Atlantic helped to raise funds for his medical bills, following the shooting.
Later intensive police investigations led to the arrest of two males; named as Mr Melvin P. Galle (Jnr) aged 40 and his brother Mr Keith M. Galle aged 33, who were both charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery, following this incident.
Garda Hanrahan is not understood to have been on duty at the time of the alleged assaults and has not, to-date, been suspended from duty; continuing to work at Newcastle West Garda Station in Co Limerick. However both women, alleging the assaults, have made statements and their accusations are being extensively investigated by Gardaí in the Tipperary Division.
Since members of the public are fully entitled to complain about the behaviour of any Garda member, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has not received a referral under Section 102(1) from the Garda Síochána seeking an independent investigation of this matter to-date.