Monday 18 February 2019

Gardai covered up murder of civilian by member of force, claims Independent TD

Clare Daly
Clare Daly

Philip Ryan Political Correspondent

Independent TD Clare Daly has claimed gardai covered up the murder of a civilian by a member of the force.

Ms Daly said a garda witnessed a colleague shooting a member of the public but was told by senior officers to say he was not present during the incident.

Speaking in the Dail during Leaders Questions, Ms Daly said the garda who witnessed the shooting wrote to Taoiseach Enda Kenny last year.

The Taoiseach passed the case to the independent review panel established by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to investigate around 300 cases of alleged garda corruption, according to Ms Daly

"This is a question regarding a person who contacted the Taoiseach last year and told him he had information on gardaí being present in a room when a civilian was shot by gardaí and of being ordered by his superiors to say he was not present," she said.

"The Taoiseach passed this case on to the review panel.  I ask him to consider the fact that in the past number of months not one person from that review panel has contacted this person to ask him what murder this was, who was murdered and who was there," she added.

"How in God's name can a review panel recommend anything if this is the type of shoddy investigation that is going on?"

The Taoiseach said all cases submitted to the review panel will be investigated.

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