GOVERNMENT UNDER PRESSURE TO LAUNCH INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL GARDA’S DEATH

first_imgTaoiseach Enda Kenny is under pressure to protect gardaiTAOISEACH Enda Kenny and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald are under pressure from senior gardai to launch an independent investigation into the death of Ballyshannon Garda station sergeant Mick Galvin.Sgt Galvin took his own life last Thursday fearing he was going to be prosecuted; not knowing that an investigation into him by the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) had concluded six days earlier and that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing.The Gavlin family say they have no confidence in a GSOC inquiry or any third party investigation overseen by GSOC. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (ASGI) say Michael Galvin had been ‘tortured’ by the investigation.The organisation’s solicitor was furious.Michael Hegarty said Mr Galvin’s life could have been spared had GSOC simply phoned him up to clarify his position but instead they chose to pursue him.He said: “Michael Galvin did nothing wrong – absolutely nothing, there is no criminal misbehaviour whatsoever. “He spent 10 weeks in dread that he would end up in jail or with a criminal conviction because of this investigation. That is the fact of the matter. Now he’s not with us anymore.“This investigation rose out of a referral by An Garda Siochana to GSOC.“There was no complaint ever made against Michael Galvin and that’s important.“Arising out of that, GSOC commenced an investigation on January 1, 2015.“It wasn’t until March 26 that Michael was informed of this investigation – he was informed by way of a telephone call. “He received no letter setting out that he was under investigation.“He came under criminal investigation because of that anomaly – that investigation was two parts. One part perverting course of justice and making a false and misleading statement.“Both allegations are untrue and now they’ve said there was no wrongdoing. Well, it’s too late.”Senator Marc MacSharry, who knew Mr Galvin, has written to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald demanding an independent inquiry. “As a matter of urgency I would like you to initiate an independent inquiry into Mr Galvin’s death and any investigations either ongoing or completed in relation his performance in carrying out his duties. It is not appropriate to have either the Gardai or the Garda Ombudsman Commission carry out this investigation as I am certain you can appreciate,” he wrote in a letter last night.“Given the very tragic nature of Mr. Galvin’s death and the very disturbing reports on the front page of today’s Irish Independent I am certain that you agree that an immediate and thorough investigation be carried out into this situation including the nature of any investigation being carried out by GSOC.”He added: “Mr Galvins family, with 3 young children under 11 are understandably distraught. The communities of Ballyshannon, Manorhamilton and Sligo are in mourning and frankly angry at the loss of who in all essence was a pillar of the community here in the North West.“The very least the State owe the Galvin family is a full independent investigation to provide all the the answers and circumstances which surround their tragic loss.“I very much hope that you will publicly announce an investigation as outlined as quickly as possible.”GOVERNMENT UNDER PRESSURE TO LAUNCH INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL GARDA’S DEATH was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyshannondeathEnda KennyinvestigationOMBUDSMANSgt Mick GalvinSUICIDElast_img

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