The Justice Clarke Inquiry
In June 2015 the Minister for Justice and Equality initiated an inquiry in accordance with Section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. The decision arose following public concern after the tragic death of Sergeant Michael Galvin. Sergeant Galvin had been the subject of a GSOC investigation into Garda interaction with Ms Sheena Stewart who died after a road traffic incident on 1 January 2015. The inquiry was conducted by Mr Justice Frank Clarke of the Supreme Court. The report was received in the Department of Justice and Equality on the 4th of May 2016.
A copy of the report was forwarded to Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) in accordance with section 109 (6) of the Act. A number of legal issues arose in relation to publication of the full report. However, the Tánaiste thought it prudent in the public interest to publish Part 1 of the report.
A link to the published extract is included below.
As the legal issues have now been resolved, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D., has decided to publish the report with some minor redactions to remove references to a party unconnected with the events or the inquiry.