Thursday 18 January 2018

Murdered garda's family fear they won't get review

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE family of a garda murdered during a bank raid four decades ago fear that a cold case review will not lead to any prosecutions.

A cold case team has been reviewing the case of Garda Richard Fallon, who died after he was shot twice during a bank raid in April 1970 by paramilitary group Saor Eire at Arran Quay in Dublin.

While the preliminary review will not be completed until next month, the Irish Independent understands that it is expected to report that the evidence on file does not merit any new full investigation.

In correspondence with the Fallon family earlier this year, a senior detective with the Serious Crime Review Team said he didn't believe there was "sufficient evidence or material to warrant a full review of the case".

Evidence

"From reading the investigation file and studying the evidence I have no doubt that the investigation team secured evidence that led to the identification of the three men who were unsuccessfully prosecuted and acquitted in court by a jury," he continued.

The review is ongoing, but Garda Fallon's family now say they are no longer hopeful of obtaining a full investigation into the case. The Fallon family have campaigned for over 30 years for an independent inquiry into the case. They believe there is evidence to show links between the Fianna Fail administration at the time and Saor Eire.

Yesterday Garda Fallon's son Finian described the correspondence with the Serious Crime Review Team as "disappointing". "There is enough information out there to merit a full investigation but from the correspondence I've had with them I'm not hopeful," he said.

Garda Fallon (43) was the first member of An Garda Siochana to be murdered after the outbreak of the Troubles in 1969, and also the first garda to be posthumously awarded the Scott Gold Medal for bravery.

Irish Independent

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