Thursday 27 July 2017

Tragic death of garda again throws unwanted spotlight on watchdog

The State agency's paranoid belief that it had been at the centre of a real-life James Bond drama caused unprecedented crisis which contributed to the resignations of Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter
The State agency's paranoid belief that it had been at the centre of a real-life James Bond drama caused unprecedented crisis which contributed to the resignations of Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter

Paul Williams

The circumstances of the tragic death of Sergeant Mick Galvin, driven to despair by a GSOC investigation, has again thrown an unwanted spotlight on the garda watchdog.

In a bid to explain his actions the much-loved husband, father, colleague, friend and dedicated public servant left a letter in which he said he could not face being treated like a criminal.

We now know that as he wrote that last heartbreaking letter, Mick Galvin had no idea that he had been officially cleared of any wrongdoing days earlier.

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