Report into GSOC investigation on Sgt Galvin published

Report into GSOC investigation on Sgt Galvin published

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has today published part 1 of the report which examines the GSOC investigation of Sgt Mick Galvin and other Gardai in Ballyshannon in 2015.

The report of the inquiry has now been forwarded to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission GSOC and the Garda Commissioner.

In June 2015 the Minister for Justice and Equality initiated an inquiry following public concern after the tragic death of Sergeant Michael Galvin who had been the subject of a GSOC investigation into Garda interaction with Ms Sheena Stewart who died as a result of a road traffic incident on 1 January 2015. The inquiry was conducted by Mr Justice Frank Clarke of the Supreme Court.

A number of legal issues arise in relation to publication of the full report at this stage, including possible prejudice to pending criminal proceedings, which will require further examination.

The report contains a number of recommendations, including the need to review the 2005 Act to address issues related to the scope of inquiries by GSOC.  It also makes a number of recommendations related to practices and procedures by GSOC concerning how investigations are designated as criminal or disciplinary investigations and the conduct of those investigations.  

Addressing the report, the Tánaiste said: “Sergeant Galvin’s death was a tragedy for his wife and family, for his Garda colleagues and for his community.  This week I again met Mrs. Galvin, along with her family and solicitor. I know that no words of mine can heal the hurt that so many feel at his loss.”

Details of the report will be published in Wednesday’s Leitrim Observer.