Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty has, today (Friday), welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, regarding her decision to establish an independent judicial enquiry into the death of Sergeant Michael Galvin.
Doherty stated that “under no circumstances would it have been appropriate for GSOC to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Sergeant Michael Galvin from Donegal. This week I wrote to the Minister for Justice and asked her to seriously consider establishing an independent investigation into the circumstances around Sergeant Galvin’s death, and I was relieved when I was informed that a judicial enquiry had been launched”
“Sergeant Galvin’s family deserve nothing less than a wholly transparent investigation into his tragic death.
“Given the circumstances currently known about events in the months running up to Sergeant Galvin taking his own life, GSOC are certainly not the appropriate body to carry out this investigation. There is incorrect and misleading information with regard to the circumstances in the months prior to Sergeant Galvin’s death, and for GSOC to carry out this investigation, in my view, would raise serious questions as to the organisation’s apparent impartiality.
“Furthermore, it would damage the public’s confidence in the organisation in GSOC, a service which is “independent”, and one that “you can trust”, according to GSOC itself. Well, if GSOC had not terminated their investigation into Sergeant Galvin’s death, this certainly would not have been the case.”
The Fine Gael TD continued “Sergeant Galvin had been under investigation by GSOC with regard to an incident that took place in January of 2015. There are too many unknowns and possible contributory factors that can be directly associated with GSOC in this instance, and therefore GSOC are a conflicted party and could not conduct this investigation without prejudice.
“My sympathies and condolences are with Sergeant Galvin’s family, friends and colleagues.”