Gardai covered up murder of civilian by member of the force says TD

Gardai covered up murder of civilian by member of the force says TD

Independent TD Clare Daly, using her Dail privilege, has claimed that gardai helped cover up the murder of a civilian by a member of the force.

Ms Daily said that an officer witnessed a colleague shooting a member of the public but was told by senior officers to say he was not present during the incident.

The Independent TD  alleged the garda witness wrote to Taoiseach Enda Kenny last year and his complaint was passed on to the independent review panel set up by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to investigate around 300 cases of alleged garda corruption.

"This is a question regarding a person who contacted you [Mr Kenny] last year and told you he had information on gardaí being present in a room when a civilian was shot by gardaí and of being ordered by his superiors to say he wasn't present," Ms Daly said. "I ask you to consider the fact that, in the past number of months, not one person from that review panel has contacted this person to ask him what murder this was, who was murdered and who was there.

"How in God's name can a review panel recommend anything if this is the type of shoddy investigation that is going on?"

The Taoiseach responded that it was not for him to say why individuals had not been contacted, claiming that the review panel had not concluded its work.