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Adams expresses concern as GSOC forced to go to High Court

8 February, 2018 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his concern that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has been forced to go to the High Court seeking transcripts of the occasions on which Crevan Mackin’s case was dealt with by the Special Criminal Court.

Gerry Adams said:

“Crevan Mackin shot dead Garda Tony Golden in October 2015. He also shot and grievously wounded Siobhan Philips, before killing himself.

“Crevan Mackin was previously arrested in January 2015 in possession of explosives and firearms, which he admitted. He was not charged with these offences but instead with an offence he had denied. It is also believed that some in An Garda Síochána knew he had access to other weapons.

“All of this is clear from a file that was sent to me and which I gave to the investigating officer in the Garda, to GSOC, to the former and current Taoiseach and to the former and current Minister of Justice.

“After I raised my concerns with GSOC and provided to it the information I had received, GSOC announced last April that it was going to initiate a public interest investigation into these matters.

“Why has GSOC been forced to go to the High Court to get the transcripts of cases involving Crevan Mackin, his relationship with An Garda Síochána, and the circumstances around his successful bail application?

“There is clearly a serious matter of public accountability that must be addressed. The Philips family are seeking a full public inquiry into all of the circumstances surrounding this case. In light of the difficulties GSOC is facing and the delay in the publication of the Garda review into the case the Minister for Justice should establish a public inquiry.” 

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