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Minister should publish Garda review of Omeath case - Gerry Adams TD

20 March, 2018 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams TD, has called on the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to publish the Garda review of the circumstances surrounding the events of October 2015 in Omeath in which Garda Tony Golden was killed, serious injuries were inflicted on Siobhán Philips and Crevan Mackin shot himself.

Teachta Adams said:

“Last 12 December I met with Minister Charlie Flanagan to discuss the incident in Omeath in October 2015 in which Garda Tony Golden was killed, serious injuries were inflicted on Siobhán Philips and Crevan Mackin shot himself.

"Shortly after the incident I wrote to the then Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald with information that had come into my possession which I believe raises serious concerns about Crevan Mackin and his relationship with An Garda Síochána.

"At a meeting with Minister Flanagan and subsequently in a letter to me on December 20th he told me that he expected to 'receive a final report from the Garda Authorities addressing the matters raised … I would note that I have been informed by the Garda Authorities that they are currently endeavouring to finalise this report'. 

"This review report is separate from the Garda investigation and is to examine the events and matters surrounding the murder of Garda Golden, wounding of Siobhán Philips and the death of Crevan Mackin.

"I wrote to the Minister 9th February asking if there had been any progress on the review report. I have not yet received a reply.

"The Omeath case raises many issues of significant concern, including what some in the Garda knew about weapons still in the possession of Mackin after his release on bail; and the treatment Siobhán Philips received at Dundalk Garda station when she and her family went to report the serious beating, and threats she received from Mackin.

"It is now two and a half years since the events in Omeath in October 2015. It is long past the time when the review report should be published. The onus is on the Minister for Justice to do this speedily.”

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