George Gibney (top) and US journalist Irvin Muchnick
Readers may recall the exhaustive efforts of American journalist Irvin Muchnick to obtain former Irish swimming coach George Gibney’s immigration file from the Department of Homeland Security, under the Freedom of Information Act, in the US.
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 he sought and won a High Court judicial review in 1994 which quashed all the charges against him.
The review was made possible after a baffling Supreme Court decision that initiating the prosecution against Gibney infringed his right to a fair trial.
After this, Gibney left Ireland for Edinburgh, Scotland and then Florida where he went on to abuse.
The swimming coach was granted a visa during a visit to the United States in 1992 – seemingly aided by a Garda character reference – a year after people who had been abused by him started to speak up and organise themselves.
In addition, a 2010 application by Gibney to obtain US citizenship – some months after Evin Daly, of the Florida-based advocacy group One Child International alerted the US government of Gibney’s past in Ireland – was rejected.
But he remains in the States.
The revelations about his 1992 visa and 2010 citizenship bid have previously been revealed by Mr Irvin.
Further to this..
Mr Irvin, who writes on Concussion Inc, reports:
“Concussion Inc. has acquired explosive archival video, which shows that George Gibney has been under watch by American law enforcement agencies since at least 2006. The video will go live at noon PST [8pm Irish time]
“The link is here
“The video has surpassing significance during the pendency of my Freedom of Information Act case seeking additional material on the U.S. immigration files of the former Irish Olympic swimming head coach who is arguably the most notorious child sex abuser in a sports world with too many of them.
“I prevailed last year in Muchnick v. Department of Homeland Security; the government’s appeal of Judge Charles Breyer’s decision is at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“After the video begins streaming online, I’ll be publishing additional interpretation and pointers.”
Previously: Irvin Muchnick on Broadsheet