TD Wallace got €120,000 in settlement of wrongful arrest
WEXFORD Deputy Mick Wallace received a €120,000 out-of-court settlement when he sued the then Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner for wrongful arrest.
According to the Irish Independent, sources have revealed that the State Claims Agency paid out a sum in the region of IR£100,000 at the time after settling Mr Wallace's claim – without the knowledge of the arresting garda.
The new revelation comes a year after his role in under-declaring €1.4m of VAT in his construction company led to calls for him to resign his Dail seat.
Most recently mired in a controversy after Justice Minister Alan Shatter revealed that Mr. Wallace had been given a slap on the wrists by gardai after being caught using a mobile phone while driving, Deputy Wallace has renewed his calls for a full public inquiry into the penalty points affair, insisting that his financial situation in no way inhibited him from highlighting the issue.
It is claimed that the incident involving wrongful arrest occurred when Mr Wallace, who was then a successful multi-millionaire developer, was directing traffic on the corner of Thomas Street and Meath Street in Dublin, where his company was involved in construction work.
It is understood that one of his machines had knocked out the traffic lights, causing an afternoon snarl-up on one of the busiest roads in the south inner city.
A garda from a northside station, who had been held up in the queue of traffic for half-an-hour, approached Mr Wallace and asked what he was doing.