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Garda officer gets £28k for beating by IRA man

By Staff Reporter

A Garda officer who was viciously assaulted by an IRA man 15 years ago while on a night out with his girlfriend has been awarded €37,700 (£28,240) compensation in Dublin's High Court.

Adam Leddy was dismissed from the Irish police service eight years ago after he pleaded guilty in court in Northern Ireland to possession of cannabis.

A Garda Compensation hearing was told he had previously been left with physical and psychological injuries following the attack by a "thug and terrorist" in a nightclub toilet in Gortakeegan, Co Monaghan.

Mr Leddy told the hearing that the man, who was a member of the Provisional IRA and was well known to the police, had said: "Well, cop" before punching him in the head and face.

The ex-garda, who was stationed at Emyvale Garda Station, Co Monaghan, at the time, said he lost his balance and fell backwards.

The man had then kicked him repeatedly on his back and leg. Mr Leddy, of Dunleer, Co Louth, needed several weeks off work following the incident.

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