Upcoming Events

Dublin | Crime and Justice

no events match your query!

New Events


no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein?

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

offsite link Hong Kong and democracy Anthony

offsite link Oliver Callan: Back in his box Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link In Serbia, la Résistance continues Sat Aug 08, 2020 19:31 | The Saker
by Saker?s Johnny-on-the-spot in Belgrade for The Saker Blog Last Monday, August 3 ? to paraphrase President Roosevelt ? was a day that will live in Serbia?s parliamentary infamy. The

offsite link Covid Candide: Isn?t this the best of all possible worlds? and pandemic responses? Sat Aug 08, 2020 19:17 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Eight months into the modern, digitised world?s first-ever global pandemic the results are in: Every government has failed miserably. Our 2019 taxes must

offsite link Who Profits from the Beirut Tragedy Sat Aug 08, 2020 18:56 | amarynth
by Pepe Escobar : Republished from Asia Times by permission of author The narrative that the Beirut explosion was an exclusive consequence of negligence and corruption by the current Lebanese

offsite link Nasrallah denies any Hezbollah activities at the port, calls to end incitement and impunity (full sp... Sat Aug 08, 2020 18:42 | amarynth
Full speech by Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on August 7, 2020, devoted to the explosion at the port of Beirut. Source: https://video.moqawama.org/... Translation: resistancenews.org Key points: The tragic

offsite link (Translation of key points): Nasrallah?s speech on Beirut Disaster Sat Aug 08, 2020 14:25 | amarynth
Original link: http://middleeastobse... Description : Key excerpts from Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah?s latest speech surrounding the Port of Beirut disaster several days earlier. Source: Various networks Date: 7 August, 2020 (Important

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
Ni dieu ni maître. Ni patrie, ni patron.

offsite link Space station book 12:08 Sat Aug 08, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? Marianne Faithfull 07:57 Sat Aug 08, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Chris Frantz interview 15:35 Fri Aug 07, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series 12:40 Fri Aug 07, 2020 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Socialist Voice, August edition 11:21 Fri Aug 07, 2020 | guestposter

Cedar Lounge >>

2 Years Later, and Still No Justice

category dublin | crime and justice | news report author Tuesday August 07, 2007 17:40author by ronan - WSM 1st of May Report this post to the editors

The Garda Ombudsman has announced that it will begin an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Terence Wheelock and his eventual death following injuries sustained while in custody at Store Street Garda station in June. This announcement follows two years of denial and cover up by the Gardai and the political establishment.
Another Death in Garda Custody?
Another Death in Garda Custody?

The Garda Ombudsman has announced that it will begin an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Terence Wheelock and his eventual death following injuries sustained while in custody at Store Street Garda station in June. This announcement follows two years of denial and cover up by the Gardai and the political establishment. Although Gardai claim that his injuries resulted from a suicide attempt there are many facts that throw doubt on this account. Despite custody records saying that there were no injuries on Terence’s body, photographs taken while Terence lay in a coma clearly indicate bruises and lacerations on his body. Terence had no history of depression, so why would he suddenly decide to kill himself? Clearly, these questions are important enough to warrant an independent inquiry; we cannot trust the State to investigate itself.

But the Wheelock’s tireless campaign for an independent inquiry has met with nothing but resistance from the police and the political establishment. It took a year of legal pressure for Gardai to release Terence’s clothes to the family, the cell was renovated immediately after the incident and independent experts were denied access. While the political establishment has failed to acknowledge the Wheelock’s demands, their community has rallied around them, and forced this to become an issue. Gardai responded to this community based campaign with their own campaign, one of intimidation and harassment, to the extent that Terence’s parents have been forced to leave their family home in Summerhill. Meanwhile, Gardai launched a token enquiry which was carried out by Garda Oliver Hanly who had served for over fifteen years in Store Street; unsurprisingly he found no evidence of Garda wrongdoing.

A Coroner’s Court investigation that concluded in July was also insufficient; it refused to hear evidence from independent forensic experts, relying instead on the evidence of State Pathologist Marie Cassidy who argued in favour of her Garda chums. Independent reports commissioned by the Wheelock family have thoroughly discredited the official story; a report written by engineer J. Kirwan Browne has argued that photographs of Terence’s cell are inconsistent with Garda accounts and in fact indicate reconstruction of evidence while forensic reports on Terence’s clothes have found evidence of injuries that could not be caused by a hanging attempt, but the court would not allow this evidence to be presented.

It remains to be seen whether the Ombudsman’s inquiry will truly be independent; most likely it will only make some small complaints, if it does find against the Gardai it will probably only be ‘one or two bad apples’ who will be sent off on early retirement and a full pension. What the report will not touch is the culture of silence and untouchability that pervades the Gardai and allows them to literally get away with murder. The silence of the political establishment has shown that the State does not like to discipline its own enforcers; in circumstances like these it’s up to ordinary people to organise and demand justice for themselves. The Wheelock family’s courage and persistence is an inspiration to us all.

Related Link: http://wsm.ie/repression
author by paul o toolepublication date Thu Aug 09, 2007 09:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This sinister event is made all the more sinister through the silence of the other the Gardai. Diddnt Mc Doughall bring in legislation banning all cops talking to the press by threatening them with a fine (15,000e I think) and whatever else you could imagine would happen to a straight cop breaking the blue wall of silence in his/her station.
Is it true that there was one Gard who spoke out and she has been moved out.

The cops who beat up some people who attended the Mayday events in 2003 got promoted.
Werent the cops in Doneygall who framed Mc Brearty for the Ritchie Barron death, and were found to have been involved in falsifying statements and signing them themselves, transfered to Tara street in Dublin??

After what they have done to Terrence Wheelock, and the way they have behaved since, surely they cannot be trusted to investigate themselves at this stage. My heart goes out to the wheelock family, I cant even imagine their suffering, especially at the hands of the state.

author by lukepublication date Thu Aug 09, 2007 17:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

That is what is wrong with the force, there is culture of awarding wrongdoers in the gardai with promotoin obviously stating that this is how you progresss through the force, thus morris concluded in his findings, that insubordination and ill discipline is "endemic" in the force.
justice for terence wheelock.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy