Irish sports star at centre of rape allegation makes contact with police though representatives

The Irishman was accused of assaulting a woman in the early hours of last Monday morning in a Dublin hotel.

We have learned that representatives for the athlete were in touch with Irish police – known as gardai – in Dundrum and told them they were happy to have a chat if necessary.

However gardai revealed there was no need to talk to him at this time.

A source said: “People were in touch and then following a conversation with gardai reported back to the man that there was no reason to talk at this stage.

“They said they were happy to come in and discuss it by appointment but were told that at this time they were not required to do that.”

Contrary to reports elsewhere yesterday, nobody called to the star’s home.

The alleged victim has yet to make a statement to gardai following her initial report last week.

The garda investigation into an alleged rape by the well-known sports star is now focusing on a south Dublin hotel.

A woman in her 20s contacted gardai alleging she had been attacked early on Monday after meeting the individual, who she knew, while out socialising.

She has only given basic details of what happened. This resulted in the probe centring on a hotel in the city centre.

However, detectives later learned this was not the location of the alleged incident, which is claimed to have taken place in a southern suburb instead.

The south Dublin hotel itself has declined to comment. The woman was brought to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit at the Rotunda Hospital on Monday ­afternoon.

It is understood the woman had visible bruising when she initially presented herself to gardai, but has not yet made a formal statement to them.

Until this occurs, no interviews of the star or searches of the alleged location can take place.

The Irish Sun has revealed previously how the sportsman had been spotted on a two-day bender around the capital before the alleged attack.

An eye witness said he was “wild-eyed and looked wired.”

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