A lead investigator into the disappearance of Mary Boyle has said there was neither political interference nor a Garda cover up during the investigation of the missing child.
In an interview with The Donegal Post, retired Sergeant Martin Collins stressed that no senior Garda influenced other members of the force in the direction of the investigation at the time.
He also said the context of the alleged phone call by a politician to the Garda Station in Ballyshannon was “only hearsay”.
However, Retd Sgt Collins did suggest to the Donegal Post that there was indeed a cover up, involving an individual or individuals who are still withholding information in relation to the case.
His comments come following last week’s publication of a YouTube documentary which alleges that there was both a political and Garda cover up.
Retd Sgt Collins was one of the two retired member of An Garda Siochana who featured in the documentary.
He did not criticise the documentary as a whole but did raise concern over the portrayal of some of his former colleagues – now deceased - who were involved in the investigation.
The documentary – Mary Boyle – the untold story has gained nearly 90 thousand views.