Fianna Fáil has refused to comment on whether allegations that Ireland’s longest missing person case has been the subject of a political cover-up will be raised in the Dáil by party leader Micheál Martin.
Ann Doherty, whose twin sister Mary Boyle went missing from her grandparents’ rural Donegal home in 1977, met Mr Martin last week to relay her belief that her sister was murdered, and that the investigation into her disappearance has been the subject of Garda and political interference.
The following day Ms Doherty wrote to Mr Martin to ask that he raise the matter in the Dáil, and to claim that a Fianna Fáil politician “interfered in the investigation preventing the chief suspect from being arrested”. “By simply reporting these matters to the gardaí, you are handing it back to the organisation which has covered up Mary’s murder for four decades and in whom I told you I have no trust,” she said.
Fianna Fáil refused to answer questions as to whether Mr Martin raised Ms Doherty’s concerns with the person alluded to in her email, or if he will raise the matter in the Dáil.
“Very serious claims of wrongdoing are being made against named individuals and these claims need to be thoroughly investigated by the appropriate authorities,” the party said in a statement.
“Any claims or accusations made to Deputy Martin are being forwarded to An Garda Síochána and the Garda Ombudsman and at his meeting he encouraged everyone with any knowledge of the case to ensure that all information and potential evidence in their possession also be forwarded to the proper investigative authorities,” the statement read.
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