AGSI seeks meeting with Ombudsman following report on death of Sergeant Michael Galvin three years ago

The organisation representing garda sergeants and inspectors is seeking a meeting with the chairperson of the Garda Ombudsman Commission.

It wants to discuss parts of a judge’s report on what happened in the run-up to the tragic death of a sergeant in a station in County Donegal three years ago.

Forty-eight year old Sergeant Michael Galvin from Sligo took his own life in Ballyshannon Garda Station in May 2015.

He was one of three gardaí being investigated by GSOC after a 33-year-old woman died in a road crash in Donegal on New Year’s morning 2015.

GSOC decided Sergeant Galvin had no case to answer, and was not involved in any wrong-doing.

But that was not communicated to Sergeant Galvin before his death.

Now, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors says a report by Mr Justice Frank Clarke points to a number of shortcomings in how GSOC does its business.

AGSI notes that the report highlights ‘the haste’ with which GSOC moved to a criminal investigation in this instance, even though the circumstances did not appear to indicate a criminal offence.

The AGSI also points out that the judge’s report found there is a need for better communication with all gardai under investigation.

It says proper communiction would have prevented a situation where Sgt Galvin was unaware of the outcome of the investigation, and this would have reduced his anxiety and worry.

The AGSI, in its statement, noted Justice Clarke’s comments about Sgt Galvin having been an outstanding sergeant of exceptional integrity, as well as an outstanding person.