We need answers about murdered garda

AS a representative of the surviving children of Garda Richard Fallon, who was murdered on Arran Quay on April 3 1970, I am delighted to see that a commission of investigation is to be established by the Government.

The commission will examine the garda investigation into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974, and the disappearance of security files from the Department of Justice and garda intelligence.

Having said that, I firmly believe that the only satisfactory and just outcome of this matter would be a fully independent public inquiry.

In contrast, given that we have been accusing the Irish Government of covering up the murder of our father for many years, it is yet again extremely disappointing that the authorities have ignored our accusations that investigators into my father’s death were told to “take it easy”, and also that security and intelligence files relating to my father’s case have gone missing.

If someone from the Department of An Taoiseach or the Department of Justice would be willing to explain to me how issues raised concerning the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and my father’s murder differ in principle, I would be only too willing to listen. Sadly however, the Government, including the Minister for Justice, will not respond to my telephone calls or correspondence.

In Dáil questions on February 3, 1971, Deputy Harte addressed the then Minister for Justice, Des O’Malley saying, “The man wanted in connection with Garda Fallon’s murder was in the custody of the Dublin gardaí at an earlier date, not long after Garda Fallon’s death, but was released. On whose instruction was this man let go? What effort has since been made to re-arrest him?” Mr O’Malley never answered the questions, and they remain unanswered to this day.

My father received a gold Scott Medal for bravery, awarded posthumously for the first time. His sacrifice and its aftermath still raises questions as to the actions of the Government, at the time and today. Yet no-one with the power to address this issue will listen our call for the truth.

Finian Fallon,

17, Belvedere Road,

Dublin 1.

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