Gardaí have appointed senior officers from outside the Mayo region to examine remarks allegedly made by two officers about two protesters who were arrested in Mayo last week.
Both women were arrested last Thursday for public order offenses during a protest near the controversial Corrib gas pipeline route.
Allegedly the gardaí were making jokes about threatening to deport and rape one of the women who had refused to give her name to officers.
BreakingNews.ie reports the alleged remarks were recorded on a video camera which was confiscated from the women and was left running while the gardaí traveled to Belmullet garda station.
The two women were later released without charge from Belmullet station and had their camera returned to them.
The Irish Times have published a partial transcript of the video, here is an excerpt:
Garda A: “Who is them two lassies, do you know the two of them?
Garda B: “I don’t know the second one, the first one is with blonde hair.”
Unidentified garda: “She was up on the tractor earlier on.”
Garda A: “It’d do no harm to get the second one’s name again?
Garda B: “She’s some Yank. I don’t know who the f**k she is.”
Unidentified garda: “ Is she a Yank?
Garda B: “It sounds like it, it sounds like it, the accent anyway
Unidentified garda: “Sounds like a Yank or Canadian.”
Garda B: “Well whoever, we’ll get Immigration f**king on her.”
Garda A: “She refused to give her name and address and told she would be arrested.”
Garda B : “…….and deported”
Garda A: “And raped.”
Garda B: “I wouldn’t go that far yet….. She was living down at that crusty camp, f**k sake, you never know what you might get.”
Garda A: “Give me your name and address or I’ll rape you.”
Unidentified Garda: “Hold it there, give me your name and address there, I’ll rape you.”
Garda A : “Or I’ll definitely rape you.”
Unidentified garda: “Will you be me friend on Facebook?”
The video taken by the camera is available here.
Caoimhe Kerins, a Dublin Shell to Sea spokesperson, said:
“This is shocking and extremely serious. It is very frightening for those of us involved in the campaign.
“Gardaí are the people that women are supposed to trust when they need to report a rape. Gardaí are supposed to be responsible for bringing rapists to justice.”