Ahead of a forthcoming independent documentary on Ireland’s longest missing child case.
Ann, Margo and Gemma urged Martin to initiate a Dáil debate on the serious allegations about the Garda handling of the case, and to support their call for an inquest into Mary’s death.
A Fianna Fáil spokesman said after that “All of the claims made to Deputy Martin have been forwarded to An Garda Síochána and the Garda Ombudsman”, despite the fact the women have no faith in either of these organisations…
Margo said to me after the meeting: “We would have got nowhere with this if it wasn’t for Gemma. She’s the only one who looked at this and saw there is a case to answer here, for justice for that wee girl.”
….The establishment does not like Gemma O’Doherty.
Her former employer, the Irish Independent, made her compulsorily redundant in August 2013. This happened in the aftermath of her investigation into the Garda wiping of penalty points brought her to the front door of the home of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan.
Editor in chief at Independent News and Media, Stephen Rae, called her a “rogue reporter”. She was made redundant a few weeks later.
Her investigative instincts appear to have been vindicated, however, and Callinan retired in March 2014 because, he said, “recent developments were proving to be a distraction from from the important work that is carried out by An Garda Síochána”.
Gemma received an abject apology at the resolution of her defamation suit against Independent News & Media in January last year. The organisation and Rae acknowledged “the exceptional work of multi-award winning investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty” and accepted she had “acted at all times in a professional and diligent manner”.
I have heard political advisers say of her: “She just won’t let it go.” In other words, she’s not easily fobbed off.
What she sees in the Mary Boyle case is political interference in a Garda investigation into the death of a child, and she just won’t let it go.
…It’s time to stop fobbing her off. It’s time a “wee girl” called Mary Boyle got justice.
Previously: Mary Boyle case on broadsheet