John Carthy death: A tale of blunder, negligence and cover-up

The scene commander at Abbeylara, Superintendent Joe Shelly, deliberately concealed information damaging to the Garda in a way that contributed directly to the death of John Carthy, according to the Barr tribunal report. It claims Joe Shelly did not pass on to Garda negotiators the history of bad relations between John Carthy and the local gardaí and that this failure hopelessly compromised the attempts to resolve the stand-off with John Carthy. By Frank Connolly

Corruption at heart of the Garda

The Abbeylara report by Robert Barr is superb. Repetitious in part, curiously avoiding any overall assessment of the complicity of the media (as we see it) in the tragic outcome, surprisingly supportive of the decision to involve the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU) in an incident concerning a mentally-ill man in a painful ordeal. But the report is rigorous in its assessment of Garda incompetence and negligence. Forthright in its findings that Garda witnesses would not be believed and that in a central issue there may have been a cover up.

'Gardaí attacked us in our home'

Six members of the family of Terence Wheelock, who died having been in Garda custody last year, claim to have been assaulted by gardaí at their home on 17 May. Scott Millar hears their account of what happened

Restore my character

Forty years ago, Joe Geary raided a Co Cork pub owned by local Fianna Fáil TD Jerry Cronin. The former Garda has been suffering the consequences ever since. He tells his story to Frank Connolly

Garda Press Office disputes Sunday Independent report

The Garda Press Office has issued a statement pointing out "inaccuracies" in a recent report in the Sunday Independent by journalist Jim Cusack. Under the headline, "Helpless gardai waited hours for armed units", Jim Cusack reported that "two unarmed gardaí who were threatened with a pistol in west Dublin had to wait for almost two hours before armed support arrived, so they could make arrests."

Garda Ombudsman to begin work by mid-2007

The Garda Ombudsman Commission, the independent body which will investigate complaints against members of An Garda Síochána, will be operative in early- to mid-2007, a spokesman has said.