Monday 11 December 2017

Vindicated Carmody 'hurt' after spending millions on defence

Former GP Paschal Carmody outside Ennis Court yesterday
Former GP Paschal Carmody outside Ennis Court yesterday

Gordon Deegan

FORMER GP Paschal Carmody said "it is very hurtful" that he has had to spend millions of euro to defend himself over the past nine years.

Mr Carmody claimed that lives of his former patients were lost after the Medical Council intervened in 2003 to prevent him from further providing his range of treatments to 150 cancer patients.

He said: "I believe that lives were lost. I have no doubt that lives were lost."

Mr Carmody (65) of Ballycuggeran, Killaloe, was speaking after he was cleared of the two outstanding charges relating to obtaining €14,300 through falsely pretending that he could cure the cancer of the late JJ Gallagher of Kingswood, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

At Ennis Circuit Court, counsel for the State Stephen Coughlan said: "I'm sure that Dr Carmody's family will be pleased and relieved to hear that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed that a nolle prosqui be entered in those proceedings."

The decision by the DPP follows seven months after Judge Raymond Fullam directed that Mr Carmody be found not guilty on all nine charges of obtaining €16,554 from families of Co Wexford schoolboy Conor O'Sullivan (15) and Kilkenny man John Sheridan (57).

The charges related to the period 2001-2002 at the East Clinic in Killaloe, Co Clare.

Judge Fullam said last December that the evidence against Mr Carmody was so weak that it would be a mistake to allow the case go to jury.

Yesterday, a two-minute hearing brought to a close a nine-year long prosecution process against Mr Carmody that began in 2004 when gardai searched his Killaloe clinic.

"There was no conviction against me. There were 46 charges originally levelled at me. Not one charge was proven."

Asked what impact the criminal process has had on his own health, Mr Carmody replied: "It has been catastrophic. My mental health, physical health, social health – there is no point saying it hasn't been catastrophic."

He said: "I'm a strong man. I can carry it, but it went on for far too long."

Irish Independent

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