’Jobstown’ review will include evidence given by gardai at trial: Policing Authority

’Jobstown’ review will include evidence given by gardai at trial: Policing Authority

The Garda review into the ’Jobstown case’ will include the evidence given by gardaí at the trial, the Policing Authority has said.

By Cormac O’Keeffe

The Public Accounts Committee questioned Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at its last meeting on July 13 about the ’lessons learned’ review she had set up, specifically would it include the garda evidence, but failed to get complete clarity on the issue.

But the authority said that in a private meeting yesterday with Garda management it was told the review of the ’Jobstown case’ would cover the garda evidence.

Paul Murphy TD, one of the defendants found not guilty at the trial, has called for a public inquiry, alleging perjury by garda witnesses.

In a statement the authority said it had considered “a number of recent unsuccessful prosecutions”, including the Jobstown case, with Garda management at their meeting, which was held in private.

“The Authority considers that there are situations where, as a matter of good practice, when prosecutions fail there should be a review to learn what went wrong," the statement said.

It said that, although mindful of cases still before the courts, it was keen to understand the full scope of the ’lessons learned’ review set up by Gardaí in relation to the Jobstown case.

“They [the authority] were reassured to note that the review would encompass the incident on the day, the investigation and the evidence,” said the statement.

The statement went on: “The review will consider the events in the context of the rule of law, human rights, the Code of Ethics established by the Authority, and Garda policy.”

The authority said it would keep in touch with the review as it proceeded.

“The authority encouraged the deputy commissioners to ensure that learning from inquiries, GSOC cases and internal Garda reviews feeds into the training curriculum in order for the lessons learned to be embedded,” said the statement.

Commissioner O’Sullivan was not at the meeting as she is away on holiday.

’Jobstown’ review will include evidence given by gardai at trial: Policing Authority

Full Policing Authority statement can be read here

The Irish Examiner’s coverage of the PAC’s July meeting can be read here

More on this topic

Man who damaged Garda car at Jobstown protest gets suspended sentenceMan who damaged Garda car at Jobstown protest gets suspended sentence

Protestors call for public inquiry as court formally drops charges against Jobstown accusedProtestors call for public inquiry as court formally drops charges against Jobstown accused

Court due to hear that prosecutions against remaining Jobstown defendants will be droppedCourt due to hear that prosecutions against remaining Jobstown defendants will be dropped

Scenes at Jobstown protest 'will remain with us always', says Joan BurtonScenes at Jobstown protest 'will remain with us always', says Joan Burton


More in this Section

Fine Gael sees popularity boost in latest pollFine Gael sees popularity boost in latest poll

Dooley apologises as footage emerges of him with Collins in Dáil ahead of voteDooley apologises as footage emerges of him with Collins in Dáil ahead of vote

President Higgins and Defence Minister evacuated from hotel in Lebanese capitalPresident Higgins and Defence Minister evacuated from hotel in Lebanese capital

Gardaí appeal for help in search for missing man in GalwayGardaí appeal for help in search for missing man in Galway


Lifestyle

Ovarian cancer has been dubbed ‘the silent killer’. Christina Henry tells Rowena Walsh why she is one of the lucky onesAgeing with attitude: Life after ovarian cancer

More From The Irish Examiner