Majella Moynihan says she was forced to give up her child for adoption after she became pregnant with a Garda recruit and gave birth on May 31, 1985
“The treatment of Majella Moynihan was clearly wrong on every level.”
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan
“On behalf of An Garda Síochána, I fully apologise to former Garda Majella Moynihan for the manner in which she was treated and the subsequent lifelong impact this had on her.”
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris
“I was happy with the apology, but I feel that the apology should have come to me first, a personal apology. I’ve heard from nobody.I strongly believe and I strongly feel that both of those people should have come to me first.”
Key files relating to the treatment of ex-garda Majella Moynihan after she had sex & a baby ‘outside of wedlock’ in the 1980s have gone missing from Garda HQ, rights activist @susanlohan tells @mcculld for @thisweekrte – The same files were earlier sent to her although redacted
— John Burke (@JohnBurkeRTE) June 16, 2019
Majella gave an extensive interview to Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Seán O’Rourke (top).
During the near 45-minute discussion, in which Majella said she spent time in St John of God Hopsital and had attempted suicide five times over what happened to her, Mr O’Rourke asked about her case being raised (anonymously) in the Dáil with the then Minister for Justice Michael Noonan in 1985.
Mr Noonan told the Dáil:
“I assume that the Deputies are referring to a case which was the subject of press reports last February.
“Under the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations, 1971, the enforcement of discipline within the force is a matter for the Garda authorities and, except in cases involving dismissal which in certain circumstances require my consent, I have no function in the matter. Accordingly, it would not be appropriate for me to comment either on the specific case referred to or on the other issue raised.”
This morning, Majella and Mr O’Rourke had the following exchange about this.
Sean O’Rourke: “He [Noonan] basically said, ‘look this is internal Garda business’.”
Majella Moynihan: “That’s correct and that’s what he said to me personally as well.”
O’Rourke: “You met him afterwards?”
Moynihan: “I actually rang him, spoke to him and he said ‘this is an internal Garda [matter]…'”
O’Rourke: “When did you talk to him?”
Moynihan: “It was 10 years ago.”
BREAKING: Majella Moynihan, whose story was told on the @RTEdoconone on Saturday, tells @TodaySOR she “welcomes and really appreciates” the Garda Commissioner’s offer to meet her and apologise in person. She joins us in studio now, listen on @RTERadio1. #TodaySOR @rtenews
— Today Sean O’Rourke (@TodaySOR) June 17, 2019
Listen back to the interview in full here