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Dear Mr. McWeeney,

I refer to your complaint relating to Garda misconduct. Your complaint was referred to the Independent Review Mechanism established by the Government. The purpose of the Independent Review Mechanism was to provide an independent assessment of outstanding allegations of Garda misconduct.

A panel of barristers was appointed to conduct the review. Their role was to review the correspondence and other documentation in each case, examine the action that had already been taken in relation to the issues raised, and advise what further action, if any, might be appropriate.

With regard to your complaint, councel summarised the issues as relating to your suspension from a swimming pool in January 2013 on foot of complaints Francis Sheridan Frank Sheridan Francis Sheridan Longford County Council Longford County Council Longford County Council Great Water Street Longford Co. Longford N39 NH56 Ireland 043 3343000 Longford Sports and Leisure County Longford Sports and Leisure Centre Public Sports Facility The Mall Longford Co. Longford Ireland 043 3346536 043 3346431 1 Longford County Library Longford County Library Longford County Library Town Centre Longford Co. Longford Ireland 043 3340727 made David Sheridan David Sheridan Director Ship My Tri Bike Ship My Tri Bike Suite 17, Redleaf House, Townspark, Co. Longford, Ireland 0 (083)3068781,+Townparks,+Longford/@53.7242402,-7.8034786,15z/ by Dan Rooney Dan Rooney (043)3341470 Knockahaw, Dublin Road, Longford Longford Town Council Longford Town Council Longford Town Council 2014-06-01 Noleen Rooney Noeleen Rooney Noeleen Rooney (043)3341470 Knockahaw, Dublin Road, Longford Scoil Eimear Scoil Eimear Longford, Ireland (043) 3341188 Janet McWeeney Janet McWeeney Janet McWeeney Melview, Longford Padraic McWeeney Padraic McWeeney Padraic McWeeney Teacher St. Mels College Longford, Ireland (043) 3346469 (043) 3346905 Scoil Eimear Scoil Eimear Longford, Ireland (043) 3341188 Longford Swimming Club Longford Swimming Club The Mall, Longford, Ireland persons Brian Gorman Brian Gorman Carpenter, Joiner Lough Rynn Gatehouse Bed and Breakfast Lough Rynn Gatehouse B&B Rynn Mohill Co. Leitrim Ireland (086)8568284,-7.850177,17z 50 as to your behaviour in the pool in late 2012. Counsel noted that Gardai become involved in March 2013 upon a request from the Town Clerk to remove you from the pool. Counsel noted your complaint of public officials having the ability to "misdeploy" Gardai. Counsel also noted that you state that a Garda made a particular comment while removing you from a park the Garda Commissioner and the local Superintendent and that you are not happy with the manner in which your complaint has been handled.


Having considered the papers in your case, counsel does not recommend further action by the Minister. In coming to this view, counsel notes that Gardai are obliged to take whatever action they deem necessary on foot of complaints made to them by members of the public, including public officials. The conduct of individual Gardai is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner. The Minister has no powers to direct Gardai in relation to the manner in which they deal with individual cases. If you are unhappy with the manner in which Gardai deal with a particular situation or of their subsequent actions, an independent complaints procedure exists by way of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). GSOC is independent in it's functions and the Minister cannot intervene in GSOC investigations at any stage of seek to influence the outcome of any GSOC investigation. Alternatively, counsel has suggested that you may wish to obtain independent legal advice in relaation to these matters.

The Minister has asked me to let you know that she has accepted the recommendation of the counsel.

It is very important to understand that the decision not to recommend any further action by the Minister in this case relates only to any powers which the Minister may exercise. It remains open to you, where you suspect or have evidence of criminality or other wrongdoing to bring this to the attention of the relevant authority for proper investigation.

Finally, the Minister has asked me to inform you that she has asked counsel, in addition to making recommendations in individual cases, to produce a general overview of the issues and trends identified as a result of te review of all the cases referred to them. The Minister believes that this will inform consideration of changes in practices and procedures in handling similar issues in the future. The minister will publish the report when she receives it.

Chris Quattrociocchi
Private Secretary to the Minister for Justice and Equality