From top: Mary Boyle, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil this evening
In the last hour, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald raised the case of Mary Boyle in the Dáil.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil he passed on certain information about the case to gardaí.
Mary Lou McDonald: “Ann, the twin sister of Mary Boyle, a six-year-old girl who disappeared close to her grandparents’ home in Donegal in 1977, Ann firmly believes that there was both political interference and a garda cover-up in Mary’s case. Taoiseach would you be willing to meet with Mary’s sister Ann to listen to her concerns regarding the Garda handling of the case.”
Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett: “That’s not really a matter for the Order of Business now but if the Taoiseach wishes… There are things that are allowed in the Order of Business and things that are not.”
Enda Kenny: “The Garda Bill is before the committee tomorrow. I’m aware of the case, of Mary Boyle. It’s many years ago now. I’ve had some contact about this, quite a number of years ago, which I brought to the attention of the gardaí and I can’t say whether they, the allegation was followed up or not but I brought it to the attention of the gardaí. It’s quite a number of years ago, deputy. I don’t have any objection to meeting, when I get a chance, with Mary’s sister, I’d be happy to do that. But clearly, the operational matters for the gardaí, on a day-to-day basis, are a matter for the Commissioner of the gardaí. The new independent policing authority will bring new powers and new opportunities here as indeed does the changes brought about to GSOC, being chaired by a High Court judge. All these are important and, actually, represent the most fundamental changes to the structure of the Garda Síochána since the foundation of the State. So the answer to your question is: yes. When I get an opportunity, send me the contact numbers for Mary’s sister, I’d be happy to talk to her.”
Meanwhile, staying in tonight?
— Miriam O’Callaghan (@MiriamOCal) October 6, 2015
Previously: Mary Boyle And ‘Political Interference’