Garda loses 'Raonaid' case plea
A GARDA failed in a Supreme Court appeal seeking to halt disciplinary proceedings alleging discreditable and insensitive conduct by him in his role as liaison officer with the family of murdered teen Raonaid Murray.
The proceedings arose from allegations by the Murray family that Garda Ian Gillen, about six weeks after the murder in September 1999, drove the dead girl's sister, Sarah, her cousin and one of Sarah's friends, home from a nightclub at a time when he had consumed a number of pints of beer and also allegedly urinated on a tree near the scene of the killing.
Garda Gillen (50) was subject to internal disciplinary proceedings after a complaint from the Murray family about his behaviour was deemed inadmissible by the Garda Complaints Board in May 2004 because the complaint was not made within the required six months.
•In yesterday's newspaper, we carried a report of the Supreme Court minority judgment of Mr Justice William McKechnie which was erroneously reflected as a majority judgment that Garda Ian Gillen had won his appeal.