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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Council calls for independent judicial inquiry into An Garda Siochana

Greg Harkin

Published 24/02/2014 | 21:58

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Political parties from all sides have backed a county council motion calling for an independent judicial inquiry into An Garda Siochana.

POLITICAL parties from all sides have backed a county council motion calling for an independent judicial inquiry into An Garda Siochana.

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Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein representatives on Donegal County Council backed an emergency motion brought by independent councillor Frank McBrearty Jnr.

Cllr McBrearty was cleared by the Morris tribunal which found Gardai had attempted to frame him for the murder of a man.

It later emerged cattle dealer Richie Barron hadn’t been murdered at all, and probably died as a result of a traffic accident.

Last night the council unanimously also called on the Government to set up a Police Authority, policing boards in each Garda district throughout the country and that “GSOC be given the independence it needs for citizens to make complaints against the force which will give them the confidence that their complaint will be independently investigated.”

Cllr McBrearty praised political leaders for their support, adding: “There is a growing body of opinion that we have now is no longer acceptable to the vast majority of cases.

“Garda corruption has been wrongly dismissed in the past as something that happened in County Donegal, when we all know it is a nationwide issue.”

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