GSOC reprimands Gardaí who drove away from heart attack man

Two Gardaí have been reprimanded after they drove away from a man who collapsed with a heart attack in Donegal earlier this year.

GSOC reprimands Gardaí who drove away from heart attack man

Two Gardaí have been reprimanded after they drove away from a man who collapsed with a heart attack in Donegal earlier this year.

Seamus Duffy complained of chest pains after being stopped by Gardaí at a checkpoint in Ballybofey on April 7.

Witnesses at the scene rang for an ambulance and Mr Duffy, who has a lung infection, was taken to hospital.

The 50-year-old from Killygordon complained to the Garda Ombudsman Commission about the incident.

Local Councillor Frank McBrearty, who acted on behalf of Mr Duffy during correspondence with GSOC, has been speaking to Highland Radio.

He says if it was not for the people who rang the ambulance he could have died.

Mr McBrearty said: "The facts are that if it hadn't been for the witnesses, Seamus Duffy could have died at the scene and I would commend the witnesses for helping Seamus that day, because the Gardaí were derelict in their duty to a citizen of the State.

"The Gardaí have a respo0nsibility to protect citizens of the State and the State itself, and they didn't do that."

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