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Ó Snodaigh calls for independent investigation into Gort shooting

10 October, 2006


Sinn Féin's Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD will call in the Dáil today for an independent investigation into the Garda shooting in Co Galway yesterday that has left a man named locally as Mr Anthony Burke, in a critical condition. Deputy Ó Snodaigh argued that there 'is no longer any tolerance for the practice of Gardaí investigating themselves'.

The Dublin South-Central TD said: "We recognise that it is a primary duty of the Gardaí to protect the public from harm. The Garda claim that they fired a live round, following their use of less-lethal weapons, at the man to disable him because of the threat he posed must be taken seriously.

"But the reality is that whether the Gardaí acted appropriately or not, there is no longer any tolerance for the practice of Gardaí investigating themselves. The credibility of the force has been undermined to the point where an internal inquiry into a shooting, no matter how justified it may be, is simply insufficient.

"I will be calling in the Dáil this afternoon for an independent inquiry into the events that took place around the shooting and leading up to it. If the Gardaí are to be accountable and their actions to be transparent, we can accept nothing less."

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