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'Majella Moynihan was forced out of the Garda - it is time for the State to pay her back'

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

Settlement includes dropping of proceedings against former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

Meeting: Majella Moynihan is due to meet Garda Commissioner Drew Harris

Pressure is mounting to restore former garda Majella Moynihan's full pension after she felt shamed into giving up her baby son for adoption in the 1980s.

But Ms Moynihan's harrowing situation may be only the tip of the iceberg, with women across the public sector having been pressured to give up babies.

Ms Moynihan, from Kanturk, Co Cork, was investigated and threatened with dismissal after becoming pregnant by another garda in 1984.

She left the force in 1998, over a decade after she was charged with premarital sex and giving birth outside of marriage.

Only today is she beginning to rebuild a relationship with her adult son, David.

Yesterday, during an interview with Sean O'Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, Ms Moynihan admitted she would be happy to receive compensation and is due to meet Garda Commissioner Drew Harris after he and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan publicly apologised for her treatment....

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