GSOC says lessons will be learned from report into death of Donegal sergeant

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The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission's Annual Report for 2015 says it's hoped lessons will be learned from the inquiry into the death of Sergeant Michael Galvin, who took his own life in may of last year while he was being investigated.

GSOC's report notes that in June 12th last year, an inquiry chaired by Supreme Court Judge Frank Clarke was established by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

The report says the inquiry was set up to investigate the contact which members of the Garda Síochána had with Ms Sheena Stewart in the early hours of January 1st in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, shortly prior to her death in a road traffic collision.

During the course of GSOC's investigation arising from Ms Stewart's death, Sgt Michael Galvin of Ballyshannon Garda Station died on May 28th last year.

The report says GSOC recognises the deep loss arising from these two tragic deaths, for
both the Stewart and Galvin families, their friends and colleagues.

The report says it is clear that the outcome of the Inquiry will be significant for GSOC, as well as the families involved. It's hoped that GSOC can build on any learning which may arise from the Inquiry report, when it is published.

The document does not mention or address claims that Sergeant Galvin had been cleared of any wrongdoing by GSOC in the days leading up to his death, but had not been notified of that fact.