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Friday 23 August 2019

Garda chief: retirement was like a stoning

Tim Pat Coogan
Tim Pat Coogan

Ralph Riegel

The father of author and journalist Tim Pat Coogan wrote to the government of Taoiseach Éamon de Valera to protest that his enforced early retirement from An Garda Síochána was tantamount to "stoning me so mercilessly".

The compulsory move, proposed "in the interests of the efficiency of the force", was that chief superintendent Edward James 'Eamon' Coogan should retire.

In documents just released from the State archives, it has emerged chief supt Coogan made a statement to the government on July 9, 1941, to outline his concerns.

He had been a key lieutenant of Garda chief general Eoin O'Duffy, rising to the rank of deputy commissioner.

When general O'Duffy was dismissed by Mr de Valera's newly-elected Fianna Fáil government in 1933, Mr Coogan was dismissed as deputy commissioner and switched to chief superintendent duties.

"I have to complain of this harsh and unconscionable treatment," he wrote.

"Even criminals are informed of the nature of the charges and the evidence against them."

Irish Independent

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