Sunday 26 March 2017

Tragic garda didn't know he had been cleared in GSOC probe

Gda Sgt Michael Galvin in his role as Sligo manager in 2009
Gda Sgt Michael Galvin in his role as Sligo manager in 2009
Gda Sgt Galvin’s funeral in Manorhamilton

Greg Harkin

An internal review has been launched by the Garda Ombudsman after a garda sergeant, who was unaware he had been cleared in a formal investigation, took his own life as a result of the stress.

Gda Sgt Michael Galvin, who died from a gunshot wound at Ballyshannon Garda Station in Donegal last Thursday, had been under significant pressure as a result of the GSOC investigation, which his widow described as "horrendous".

The investigation surrounded the case of a hit-and-run in Ballyshannon, where Sgt Galvin had passed the victim shortly before the incident. However, unbeknown to Sgt Galvin, he had been cleared of any wrongdoing five days before his death.

GSOC confirmed in a statement to the Irish Independent that Sgt Galvin would not have faced any charges. "This decision was reached 10 days ago but a letter confirming this (to Sgt Galvin) had not been issued," said a spokeswoman.

Irish Independent

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