Sligo-Leitrim Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry has written to the Justice Minister calling for an independent investigation into the death of Sgt. Michael Galvin at Ballyshannon Garda Station.

Senator Mac Sharry commented, “This is an extremely tragic situation and it is vitally important that an independent investigation into Sgt. Galvin’s death is carried out. I have written to the Justice Minister urging her to set up a Commission of Inquiry into his death, along with a review into any investigations either ongoing or completed in relation his performance in carrying out his duties.

“I have asked Minister Fitzgerald to ensure that GSOC have no part in carrying out the investigation into Sgt Galvin’s death. While Sgt Galvin was cleared of any wrongdoing by GSOC in a recent investigation following a road traffic accident, any involvement by GSOC or its investigation team would present a clear conflict of interest and would undermine the confidence of Gardaí and the public in this investigation.

“Given the very tragic nature of Sgt. Galvin’s death and the subsequent coverage by some sections of the media, it is important that an immediate and thorough investigation be carried out into this situation, including the nature of the investigation carried out by GSOC.

“This is a very distressing time for Sgt. Galvin’s family and friends. The communities of Ballyshannon, Manorhamilton and Sligo are in mourning following the loss of a man, who was a pillar of the community in the North West. It is important that the investigation into his death is carried out quickly, independently and impartially in line with the wishes of the Galvin family”.