Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says an independent investigation must be established into the death of a Garda Sergeant in Ballyshannon last month. 

Deputy McConalogue commented, “The community in Ballyshannon has been left reeling in the aftermath of this tragedy.  Sgt. Michael Galvin was a family man, sporting enthusiast and community leader.  His death has come as a great shock to those who knew him and it is imperative that the circumstances surrounding his death are fully and independently investigated.

“I will be writing to the Justice Minister to demand an Independent Commission of Inquiry into Sgt. Galvin’s death.  I do not believe that the Garda Ombudsman should be conducting this investigation.  Despite the fact that GSOC cleared Sgt. Galvin of any wrongdoing in its recent investigation into a fatal road accident, any involvement by GSOC or a member of its investigation team would present a clear conflict of interest and would undermine the confidence of the Gardaí and the public in this investigation.

“The AGSI has already called for a High Court Judge to lead the inquiry into Sgt. Galvin’s death and I would be fully supportive of that move.  Minister Fitzgerald should meet with the organisation to discuss how best to proceed with the investigation.

“This is an extremely traumatic time for Sgt. Galvin’s family and friends.  It is important that this investigation is not delayed, however assurances must be given that it will be independent and impartial and is carried out in line with the support of the Galvin family”.