Wednesday 25 April 2018

GSOC investigation into tragic garda suicide being re-considered

Justice Minister meeting those involved today

Garda Sergeant Michael Galvin, who died last week
Garda Sergeant Michael Galvin, who died last week

John Downing Political Correspondent

The Taoiseach has signalled that the Government is doing a re-think on allowing the Garda Ombudsman office continue to investigate the tragic death of a garda in Donegal.

The Taoiseach’s comments came this afternoon as Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald prepared to meet with the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Service (GSOC) and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI). The meetings are to discuss the handling of investigations of the tragic death of Garda Sgt Michael Galvin at Ballyshannon Garda Station at the weekend.

Sgt Galvin, who took his own life, had been the subject of a GSOC investigation following a fatal traffic accident. But he was not aware that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing before he ended his own life.

Mr Galvin’s family and the AGSI are determined that GSOC should have no further role in investigating the Sergeant’s death. But GSOC say they are obliged to investigate and will proceed.

The Taoiseach today extended his personal sympathy to Sgt Galvin’s family and said it was a most tragic and distressing case.

“I have spoken to the Minister of Justice about this yesterday,” Mr Kenny said.

“The Minister is deciding about this now. It’s a tragic case and obviously she will comment on this shortly,” the Taoiseach added.

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