The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D. has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by An Garda Síochána that they are to commence a fresh investigation into the tragic death of John, the Kerry baby, whose life was cut short in such violent circumstances in 1984.  


The Minister said: “I welcome the announcement by An Garda Síochána that a new investigation, involving the Serious Crime Review Team and local Gardaí, will be commenced into this violent death. I want to particularly welcome the apology made personally to Ms. Joanne Hayes by Commissioner Donall Ó Cualáin on behalf of An Garda Síochána which was put on the public record by Gardaí yesterday. 


"Joanne Hayes was subject to a prolonged ordeal that was simply wrong on every level. This was unacceptable even at the time and as Minister for Justice and Equality, and on behalf of the State, I am deeply sorry that this happened. I note that Ms. Hayes’s solicitor has indicated her wish for privacy and I hope this will be respected by all.”  

The Minister concluded: “An Garda Síochána is conducting a fresh investigation and I am hopeful they will succeed in establishing the facts of this tragic case. This review team has had some success investigating historic cases and I note the sensitivity with which they have approached the appeal for new information. I note also that this development has been made possible following painstaking expert work by Forensic Science Ireland.”