Former Irish swimming coach George Gibney

You may recall US journalist Irvin Muchnick’s ongoing efforts to obtain former Irish swimming coach George Gibney’s full US immigration file – parts of which have already shown he received a certificate of character from the Gardaí to support his application for an American visa.

Gibney was charged with 27 counts of indecency against young swimmers and of carnal knowledge of girls under the age of 15 in April, 1993 – but sought and won a High Court judicial review in 1994 that quashed all the charges against him. The judicial review was secured after a landmark Supreme Court decision.

Readers will recall how the aforementioned Garda certificate was issued on January 20, 1992.

The Murphy Report – which was set up to look at abuse in swimming in 1998 – states a parent from a swimming club other than Trojan Swimming Club, where Gibney coached, was told by an assistant coach of Trojan in November 1991 that the gardai and the ISPCC were informed of the allegations in relation to Gibney.

Further to this…

Journalist Irvin Muchnick writes:

[Today] is the deadline on the 30-day window US District Court Judge Charles Breyer gave the federal government and this reporter to try to work out an agreement around the court’s tentative order for release of additional materials from George Gibney’s immigration records in my Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.

In his November 2 opinion, Judge Breyer said he was “prepared to rule (largely) in Muchnick’s favor” over the remaining 20 disputed documents, covering 43 pages, that he had reviewed in camera. At that time, the court forwarded, only to the government, suggestions on redactions that should be reversed.

More as he gets it.

Government’s Response to Court’s Order on George Gibney FOIA Documents Is Due Monday (Concussion Inc)

Previously: A Tentative Order

George Gibney’s Green Card

The Chief Justice, Her Brother And How George Gibney Got Away

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