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Policeman wins right to appeal dismissal

By Alan Erwin

A policeman sacked after being investigated for allegedly spying on a woman in a tanning salon has won legal permission to challenge his dismissal.

Paul Laverty was granted leave at the High Court to seek a judicial review over the disclosure of information about the incident to his PSNI bosses.

The former probationer officer's career came to a halt following an incident in Co Donegal in July 2010. It was claimed that he had peered over the top of a cubicle to view a female customer in a Letterkenny tanning shop.

Garda inquiries resulted in no charges or prosecution.

However, details of the incident were passed on to the PSNI. Misconduct proceedings were brought against Mr Laverty for allegedly failing to report a criminal investigation.

He was ultimately dismissed from the force.

His lawyers mounted a legal challenge, claiming a breach of data protection and violation of privacy rights.

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