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Serious questions for Gardaí and DPP on Jobstown and other significant cases – Adams

7 July, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has that the Gardaí and the DPP have serious questions to answer regarding their handling of the Jobstown prosecution and other significant cases.

Teachta Adams said:

“I welcome the Taoiseach’s intervention. He has acknowledged the need for an examination of what went on regarding the Jobstown prosecutions. That is very significant.

“However, it is not appropriate for the Gardaí to be investigated by the Gardaí. I believe the call for a public inquiry is a very reasonable demand.

“The controversy around the Jobstown prosecution and the role of the Gardaí and the DPP is not an isolated incident. The Gardaí and the DPP have serious questions to answer regarding the events leading up to the murder of Garda Tony Golden in Omeath in 2015. There are also grave concerns about the decisions taken by the Gardaí and the DPP surrounding the hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of Shane O’Farrell outside Carrickmacross in 2011.

“Indeed, in November of last year, the then-Taoiseach Enda Kenny met the family and told them he would ask the Attorney General ‘to request the Law Reform Commission President Mr Justice John Quirke to examine how we can reform the law to provide enhanced public understanding for significant decisions made whilst fully preserving the independence of the Director of Public Prosecutions’. Nothing has materialised since that commitment was made.

“Over the course of almost two years, I have tried exhaustively to get the Government to treat the issues surrounding the murder of Garda Golden and the shooting of Siobhan Philips with the seriousness they demand. I welcome the GSOC public interest investigation into the case. However, this investigation does not have the capacity to bring criminal charges if it is deemed necessary.

“Public confidence in the administration of policing and justice in this state is on the floor. Part of the process in repairing that confidence must be to ensure that citizens have the truth. The decisions taken by the DPP, in all the cases I have outlined, demand further scrutiny, and answers must be provided to these very important questions.” 

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