The resignation of Green Party junior minister Trevor Sargent has revealed the nature of private contacts between TDs and gardaí on behalf of constituents. Section 6 of the 1974 Prosecutions of Offences Act states that it is unlawful to communicate with gardaí to influence a decision on either withdrawing a charge or not initiating criminal proceedings.
TDs who spoke to this newspaper agreed that the former Green minister had overstepped the mark by telling a...
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