The inquest for Garda Tony Golden is scheduled to begin today (Monday 23rd April) in Dundalk. Commenting on the RTE Prime Time programme which was broadcast last week and looked at this case Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams said:
“The response of the Government and of An Garda Siochána to the shootings in Omeath in October 2015 has been deeply disappointing.
The Prime Time report and the recently published Report of the Review by An Garda Síochána into the events at Omeath in October 2015 have again highlighted serious questions which the Minister for Justice and An Garda Síochána have refused to answer.
Some in the Gardaí clearly knew that Crevan Mackin had imported six weapons of which only two were handed over by him at the time of his arrest. Four weapons remained in his possession, including the same model handgun used in the murder of Garda Golden, the attempted murder of Siobhan Philips and the suicide of Mackin. Why were these weapons not recovered by the Gardaí, and why was Mackin only charged with a less serious offence and not with the possession of weapons and explosives which he had confessed to?
GSOC have admitted that they do not have the resources to properly investigate this case and many others in the short term. The Minister for Justice claims it has. The starkly different positions of the government and GSOC mean that families and victims have no clarity about when their cases will conclude? This is unacceptable.
Finally, we now know that the criminal investigation into the Omeath shooting concluded in May of last year. Neither the family nor I were told this. On the contrary I was told in writing and at a meeting with the Minister in December that the investigation was still ongoing. Why?
Finally, I wrote to the Minister on February 8th raising detailed concerns with him about domestic violence and the experience of the Philips family. I have yet to receive a reply. I also wrote to the Minister on February 9th asking about the Review Process and the role of the CHIS or Covert Human Intelligence Sources system which manages agents and informers. I have yet to receive a reply. And finally, I wrote again to Minister Flanagan on March 29th on the back of the publication of the review report. I have yet to receive a reply.”
Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Gerry Adam’s TD, commenting on the inquest into the death of Garda Tony Golden which opened in Dundalk this morning has said:
“The evidence at today’s inquest into the death of Garda Tony Golden vindicates the Philips family’s call for a public enquiry.
“The Minister for Justice should establish this without delay.”