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Review of pursuit policy
There is a review underway of the Gardaiâ€s policy specifically in relation to Garda pursuits, a court has been told.

Superintendent Martin Walker said that a “tabletop exercise” was held at the Garda Siochanna College in Templemore last week in relation to code 35.41 which deals with instructions for members of the force in relation to pursuits.

He was speaking at the inquest into the death of Diana Harton, who died last October.

He told the Coroners Court that he understood “certain recommendations have been made” and they are “being reviewed in HQ in relation to a complete policy change”.

Ms Harton was killed after her car was struck during a chase along the M7 motorway in north Kildare shortly before 9pm on October 23, 2014.

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The deceasedâ€s car was struck by a Volkswagen Polo which was being pursued by Gardai after being involved in an earlier incident.

It is not yet understood if the review of the Garda policy was established directly in response to the incident, and it is not yet known how long the review is underway.

Superintendent Walker also agreed with solicitor Stuart Gilhooly that the members of the Gardai presented in the Coroners Court for this inquest did not have “the necessary training” to deal with the incident.

The 43-year-old victimâ€s ribcage was shattered and her spine was fractured during the collision, according to the State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy who spoke at the sitting of the Coroners Court in Naas, Co Kildare earlier this morning.

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