Monday 19 August 2019

Garda whistleblower John Wilson: The contents of the Guerin report are truly disgusting

Garda whistleblower John Wilson
Garda whistleblower John Wilson

Garda whistleblower John Wilson has said he is in no doubt that Sylvia Roche Galvin would be alive today but for certain members of the Garda Siochana.

The 300-plus page Guerin review which was published this afternoon, strongly criticised the Garda, the Garda Ombudsman and the Department of Justice for failing to heed the word of Sergeant Maurice McCabe after he first raised concerns in September 2012.

The case of Sylvia Roche Galvin, the mother-of-two who was murdered by Jerry McGrath when was out on bail in December 2007.

Only eight months earlier, McGrath  been arrested for a brutal attack on taxi driver Mary Lynch in Cavan, and has been highlighted as one of the many serious criticisms of the force.

“This marks a very dark day for An Garda Siochana,” Wilson told Matt Cooper on The Last Word.

“I find the contents of the Guerin report to be disgusting, truly disgusting.”

Wilson offered his sympathies to the family of Sylvie Roche Kelly and believes that Garda intervention would have saved her life.

“I have no doubt that Sylvie Roche Kelly would be alive today only for certain members of the Garda Siochana,” the former Garda added.

Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan commented today on the publication of the report by Mr Sean Guerin SC:

"The report by Mr Sean Guerin SC is detailed and extensive, and I am currently studying it closely in conjunction with my senior management team to identify immediate actions that can be taken as part of our process of change that is currently underway.

As the Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD said today, 'An Garda Síochána is fully committed to a sea change in its culture and to re-new and re-invigorate the organisation'.

An Garda Síochána will fully co-operate and facilitate the commission of investigation in its examination of the serious issues raised by the report."

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