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Senior Garda Could Face Jail Time As GSOC Investigates Barry Cowen Incident

Newspaper reports suggest that a Munster based sergeant accessed the file on pulse.

A senior garda could be facing five years in prison and a €50,000 fine for using pulse to access information regarding Barry Cowen's drink driving prosecution.

The Irish Daily Star reports the officer used a trainee garda's log-in details to search for the incident on the force's computer system. 

The Laois-Offaly deputy lost his post as Agriculture Minister earlier this year after details of the 2016 incident in which he was found to be over the legal limit while on a provisional licence, emerged. 

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris later referred the case to GSOC after Mr.Cowen alleged the story had been leaked by a member of the force.

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