Saturday 24 March 2018

Judicial inquiry into events leading up to death of Sergeant Michael Galvin 'right and proper' - Taoiseach Enda Kenny

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

Philip Ryan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is “right and proper” to have a judicial inquiry into the events leading up to the tragic death of Garda Sergeant Michael Galvin.

Mr Kenny sent his sympathies to Sgt Galvin’s family and praised the garda who he described as an “exceptional person recognised as a wonderful “community activist”.

Sgt Galvin took his own life in Ballyshannon Garda Station in Donegal, after being subjected to a Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation.

Read more here: Widow of sergeant left 'traumatised' by GSOC investigation 

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald met with the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI), which has been critical of GSOC’s handling of the investigation into Sgt Galvin.

Read more here: 'Horrendous' - how tragic garda described GSOC interview before his death  

Ms Fitzgerald subsequently initiated a judicial inquiry into his death.

Read more here: GSOC investigation into tragic garda suicide being re-considered 

Speaking at the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Dublin Castle, Mr Kenny said he hoped the inquiry will be deal with the matter “very clearly and very promptly”.

“Clearly anything that happens here will not bring back the deceased member of the force and our sympathies again to his wife and young family,” the Taoiseach said.

“The minister has asked the Supreme Court Chief Justice to appoint a suitable member from either the Supreme Court or the High Court to carry out an independent investigation into what happened here. That’s right and proper, and this is the first-time this has been used,” he added.

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