A Garda investigation into claims a news journalist was harassed via Twitter accounts controlled by former senator Eoghan Harris and his wife Gwen Halley has been completed.
The Irish Times understands a file on the case is about to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions who will decide if the allegations are criminal in nature and, if so, whether Mr Harris or Ms Halley should be charged.
In reply to queries, Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin, said: “Gardaí at Pearse Street received a complaint in relation to alleged online harassment in May 2021. A criminal investigation is ongoing at this time.”
While the Garda investigation, which involved interviewing the parties involved, is now complete and the file is to be sent to the DPP, it is unclear how long it will take before a direction is made about whether the Tweets are criminal in nature and whether to pursue charges or take no further action.
The investigation has been carried out on foot of a complaint by journalist Aoife Moore last year. Ms Moore, who works as a political correspondent for The Irish Examiner, this week also initiated defamation proceedings in the High Court against Ms Halley, over a Twitter account in the name of Dolly White.
Ms Moore has already taken separate proceedings against Mr Harris, who is terminally ill with cancer, over posts from another Twitter account which operated under the pseudonym Barbara J Pym. Mr Harris, a veteran newspaper columnist, was sacked by the Sunday Independent last year after he admitted being involved with others in the running of the Barbara Pym account.
In defending claims that account posted tweets which wer