Tuesday 20 August 2019

'He has a very high-level injury, but his mind is as sharp as ever' - Commissioner reappointed months after coma

Kieran Fitzgerald has been recovering in Dún Laoghaire. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Kieran Fitzgerald has been recovering in Dún Laoghaire. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

David Raleigh

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald, who is using a wheelchair following a fall while on holidays in Spain last summer, is to be reappointed to GSOC for another five-year term.

Mr Fitzgerald, a former RTÉ journalist and producer, has been progressing at the National Rehabilitation Centre, Dún Laoghaire.

His sister Louise told the 'Limerick Leader' newspaper that following the announcement that Mr Fitzgerald's reappointment had been recommended by the Oireachtas, he was looking forward to getting back to work in 2017.

"He has a very high-level injury, but his mind is as sharp as ever," she said.

"He is very determined. He is still in Dún Laoghaire and will be there for Christmas, but as soon as possible in the new year he will be going home.

"He is delighted to be reappointed to GSOC and said he was looking forward to going back to work as soon as possible in 2017."

Mr Fitzgerald is a former award-winning journalist and had worked with 'The Late Late Show', 'Prime Time' and 'Liveline'.

In June, after sailing with friends from Dublin to northern Spain, where he was to meet up with his wife Evelyn, he fell off a wall after fainting. The father of one from Glin, Co Limerick, sustained serious spinal injuries after falling into rocks. He was placed in an induced coma in a hospital in La Coruna for a number of weeks. He was later transferred by air ambulance to Ireland in early July where he has been in rehabilitation since.

It is expected Mr Fitzgerald and his co-commissioners, chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring and Mark Toland, will be officially appointed by the President shortly.

Irish Independent

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