Garda security camera was not working during riots

  • 25 April 2006
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Cameras that could have provided vital footage of the riots on Dublin's O'Connell Street were out of order due to lack of funding and, according to local businesspeople, a lack of concern. By Michelle Merrigan

John Waters, Fintan O'Toole to speak at Garda conference

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) plans to invite a number of prominent Irish journalists to their annual conference to take part in a debate about Irish policing. Although none were confirmed at time of going to print, the GRA, which represents rank and file gardaí, hopes that RTÉ broadcaster Sean O'Rourke, who presents the News at One on RTÉ Radio 1 and The Week In Politics will chair the debate. Irish Times' columnists Fintan O'Toole and John Waters will also be invited to speak at it.

Deaths in Garda custody since 1997

• Derek Lehane, aged 19, was taken by ambulance to hospital from Midleton Garda station, Cork in January 1997. He was pronounced dead in hospital the same day. An inquest gave a verdict of accidental death arising from the ingestion of a controlled drug.

Editorial: Explosive allegations concerning senior gardaí must be investigated

There is an important and pressing public interest in the Morris Tribunal investigating allegations made by an unnamed Garda concerning two very senior gardaí, Assistant Commissioner Kevin Carty and Assistant Commissioner Tony Hickey (now retired). The allegations were contained in a document sent to two TDs, Brendan Howlin and Jim Higgins – the document was attached to a Supreme Court judgment on 20 December, concerning the claim by the two parliamentarians of parliamentary privilege.


Queries to Garda press office delayed and unanswered

In January 2005 Village submitted questions about 11 unaccompanied minors who had gone missing and were on the missing persons list. The questions were unanswered for several months. Village contacted the Superintendent of the Press Office, Kevin Donohoe, and he said he would look into the delay. In August Village received a reply, which said, "the level of detail you have sought is way beyond what An Garda Síochána is prepared to divulge to unrelated third parties".

Garda 'stonewalling' Wheelock family

Terence Wheelock (20) died on the 16 September 2005, three months after he was found unconscious in a cell in Store St Garda station. According to the Garda Síochána Terence tried to hang himself. The Wheelock family said Terence wasn't depressed and had no suicidal tendencies.