KANTURK native Majella Moynihan gave an emotional interview on the Late Late Show last night, where she described how she was treated by her Garda superiors when she became pregnant outside of marriage in the 1980s.
The former garda's story led to an apology from the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and the then Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan when it first emerged on RTÉ Radio 1's Documentary on 1.
She was investigated and threatened with dismissal after becoming pregnant by another garda in 1984, at the age of 22. She gave up her son for adoption.
When she returned to work after her maternity leave, she was charged with breaching Garda discipline for having sex with another Garda out of wedlock, and for giving birth to a child out of wedlock.
She left the garda force in 1998 on early retirement and has since managed to build a relationship with her now adult son, David.
Her heartfelt interview was widely praised by viewers, who commended her bravery in telling her story.
“That sworn inquiry was the most horrific abuse that could ever be inflicted on any human being,” she told presenter Ryan Tubrudy. "They kep asking me about my private life and my past sexual experience.
“They just made me out to be such a slut.”