Labour call for urgent independent investigation into allegations regarding a GSOC officer

22 April 2023

Labour justice spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has written to the Minister for Justice calling for an independent investigation to swiftly consider matters that have come to light to the Garda Ombudsman over the last 24 hours.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“Labour is calling for an independent investigation to swiftly examine matters relating to a member of GSOC. If what is alleged happened, to describe it as shocking would be the understatement of the century.

“The events of the Regency Hotel murder cast a long shadow in Irish society, particularly for the communities that have been so badly impacted by organised crime. Minister Harris must ensure that an investigation, independent to GSOC, is now carried out swiftly, led by a Senior Counsel or retired Judge in parallel to whatever internal process the Garda Ombudsman may conduct.

“Members of the Force must also be reassured that they will be treated fairly and in line with the Whistleblowing legislation should any member opt to come forward with additional information.

“The public deserve immediate and full answers to what allegedly occurred on Monday night. I note from Minister Harris’ statement that he awaits a report from the GSOC Chairperson, and also goes on to say that confidence in GSOC needs to be maintained. I think the Minister needs to face the fact that we are in a situation where confidence must instead be restored.

“What is alleged goes to the heart of our democratic institutions. The public need answers now.”

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