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Garda Investigation of Alleged Misconduct in Public Office

Gardaí are examining allegations of misconduct in public office in relation to investigations into seafaring tragedies and the implementation of maritime safety regulations to determine if a criminal act has occurred where a criminal investigation should be undertaken.

The Garda Press Office statement confirming an investigation follows Maritime Lawyer Michael Kingston, the leading figure in complaints about the Marine Casualty Board which was held not to be independent of government by the European Court of Justice, making complaints to Garda Headquarters in January.

He says he has been written to by the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, who said that he has directed the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation to investigate DTTAS (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport) and Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) officials for allegations of Misconduct in Public Office.

“This decision by Garda Commissioner Harris, in addition to the ECJ Judgement, is a great day for Ireland and those who have endured such torture through loss where the State, in an abhorrent dereliction of duty, have absolved themselves of any responsibility and had no empathy for those in grief,” said Mr.Kingston. “Even with the ECJ Judgment there was no contrition, yet further prevaricating and covering up.”

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