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From top: Susan Denham; Patrick Gageby; BBC Sounds/Second Captains podcast Where Is George Gibney?

Irvin Muchnick writes

It’s as good a time as any to point out, and against the popular tide, that the hyped new BBC Sounds podcast Where Is George Gibney? has yet to bring itself to share with listeners the details behind what is vaguely and passively called his “vanishing” from justice for 26 years.

To its credit, episode 4 of the podcast, which started airing today, does acknowledge the impediment of Irish defamation law.

However, the episode does not go on to mention the punches that were pulled in the media, then and in this very production, as a result.

That core element is the legal reasoning that the two-time Irish Olympic swimming coach, charged with 27 counts of sexual assault of underage victims, could not receive a fair trial due to the passage of time.

And that the Supreme Court panel which made this possible included Justice Susan Denham. later a Chief Justice, who was in “complete agreement” with this chilling decision.

AND among Gibney’s legal team before the court? Patrick Gageby, Denham’s brother.

Following the judgment, which led to a High Court judicial review which quashed all of Gibney’s charges, a number of applications on the basis of delayed complaint were made through the courts in Ireland, with Mr Gageby managing to throw out charges against at least seven alleged child rapists on these grounds.

What their father, the storied Irish Times editor Douglas Gageby, made of all this is not recorded. In fact, outside of a small court report in his old paper, the judgement was hardly noted.

Mr Gageby Jnr would later tell a legal conference in 2003 that he believed there was a ‘subversion of the presumption of innocence’ with historic sexual abuse cases.

Making him the perfect candidate, therefore, to be appointed in 2007, by your then Minister for Justice Michael McDowell, to review the case of Cynthia Owen and the ‘Dalkey House of Horrors’, which, of course, concerned…historical sexual abuse.

Mr Gageby’s review of the original, deeply flawed investigation did not recommend any further action be taken. And the beat goes on.

Today, thanks to the podcast by Mark Horgan and Second Captains, news consumers can access interviews of Gibney survivors, always disclaimed upfront with alerts that children and those with weak stomachs should consider donning earmuffs to protect against the strong “adult” language and situations.

Additionally, we are privileged with exclusive rambling tease passages about stalking a septuagenarian in a Florida suburb and unnerving the neighbors.

But mumbling a word about possible institutional cronyism that has fueled and sustained sexual abuse by powerful figures in Ireland since time immemorial, and remains unchecked and unaccounted for?

Nooo. Can’t have that.

For my own 2019 ebook, repurposing and bulleting my now nearly six-year-long investigation of Gibney’s flight to America, accompanied by a report on the two-continent campaign to do something about it, I educated myself on Ireland’s unique brand of self-censorship.

The explanation given to me was that the country’s legal system simply doesn’t support what an outsider would call unfiltered investigative journalism.

Maybe even that formulation is too cagey, using verbiage that tracks the syndrome itself. The way I put it is that, in basic ways, the Irish just don’t permit themselves to tell it like it is.

Their news media not only are expected to modulate controversial conclusions; they also are prohibited from publishing fundamental facts and letting others arrive at their own conclusions.

One Irish journalist contact told me this:

“I can’t recall any publication airing the apparent conflict of interest in this case [Denham-Gageby]. I did bring it up with editors in the past and it was too sensitive an issue to run with. The point is a lot of people knew about it so what were we going to say? Obviously the answer to that is there was a conflict of interest.

But Irish law is not the same as in the USA. We have for example no First Amendment. If there was any imputation of wrongdoing on the part of a Supreme Court judge there would have been legal consequences. I did bring it up but it didn’t get past the door.

I have in recent months looked at it again and spoke to a number of legal eagles including a spokesman for the Bar Council. They agree that because of the size of the small population of Irish lawyers in the business, the collegiate nature of the law and the family connections, it was not that unusual. Gageby was regularly in the Supreme Court and the belief among legal people is that they are all above it.

I believe it is an staggeringly arrogant position to take and have trouble believing that there is no conflict of interest.

That said, yes it’s difficult to get anyone to run with it.”

Another emailed me:

“It would have been defamatory in Irish law to imply that there might have been any influence exerted by the sibling relationship between the judge and the senior counsel. It is arguable that lawyers for an accused person must have equal access to the courts. Defamation law here has been slightly relaxed [in recent years]…. Ireland’s defamation laws are draconian and censorious.”

The Irish media problem is part of the Irish cultural problem in confronting the Gibney legacy.

I’ll be continuing to follow and report on it.

Concussion.net

Previously: Irvin Muchnik on Broadsheet

From top: Where Is George Gibney? podcast promotional material;Mark Horgan; George Gibney; Irvin Muchnik

This afternoon.

Following the release earlier today of the first episode of the much-heralded podcast ‘Where Is George GIbney?’, US investigative journalist Irvin Muchnik, who has been on the trail of the swimming coach since 2015, writes:

The first of what I believe are a projected 10 episodes of the documentary series Where Is George Gibney? is now out.

In an overlong and indulgent half-hour, this production of Ireland’s Second Captains podcast, in association with the British Broadcasting Corporation’s BBC Sounds, sets things up with the story of Irish swimming great Gary O’Toole feeling the scales fall from his eyes as Chalkie White, on a plane en route to the world championships in Perth, Australia, in 1990, confides Gibney’s sexual abuse of White decades earlier.

The problem here, however, is not length. The problem, rather, is head producer, writer, and narrator Mark Horgan’s penchant for self-stoked drama.

Before we hear from O’Toole and White, we get an extension of the throat-clearing hype that has marked the months-long run-up to this series. Horgan, it seems, has “found” George Gibney, who had “vanished.”

Gibney didn’t vanish.

He moved to the United States after an Irish Supreme Court panel in 1994, which included Justice Susan Denham, sister of his barrister Patrick Gageby, allowed a judicial review into the ‘fairness’ of his 27-count indictment for carnal knowledge of minors.

Seven swimmers had come forward and sworn statements to the Gardaí that Gibney had assaulted them at various times between 1967 and 1981.

However, The Supreme Court granted Mr Gibney leave to apply for a review (which quashed all charges) on the basis that his right to a fair trial might possibly have been infringed because of a delay in initiating the charges.

It was the first case (long since revised) in Ireland to recognise that a delay in making a complaint of sexual abuse could preclude a subsequent prosecution.

And Gibney got to America with one of the so-called “lottery” Donnelly diversity visa privileges of that period.

Six months ago I wrote that I would be listening for whether this highly anticipated series would bring listeners significant fresh information, or simply prove “to be applying, for the umpteenth time, broadcast production values to old information.”

Regardless, I added, I planned to tip my hat if the podcast proved to be the vehicle that finally pushed over the top justice for Gibney and accountability for his friends in high places and for swimming authorities in both Ireland and the U.S.

Let’s all hope the remaining episodes of Where Is George Gibney? do better. But in order to do better, Horgan will have to make some of his Central Casting crutches “vanish.”

Gibney is a monster, for sure. But it’s high time for storytellers to push past the tropes of monster-sketching and into analysis of the systemic pathologies of the youth programmes that serve as farm clubs for the bread-and-circuses Olympic system. It takes a village to make a monster.

Horgan’s breathless opening stakeout of Gibney, foreshadowed in Irish press pre-coverage, is juvenile. It dribbles off into the generic awe of brushing past this now pathetic old man at a store, after the Second Captains crew shadowed him on the drive there, whispering lame directives to each other like addicts of police procedurals.

The scene lacks even the payoff of a confrontation audio, similar to the scene in the 2006 television piece on RTÉ’s Prime Time, in which reporter Clare Murphy thrust a microphone in Gibney’s face in a parking lot in Calistoga, California (In 2017, Concussion Inc. unearthed a 13-minute segment; our edit of it is viewable here).

Sources in Florida tell me that Horgan and company botched their Gibney stakeout. Rejecting local advice to notify the police as to why they were parking their van overnight near the house Gibney shares with “Brother Pedro” on Breakwater Drive, the crew wound up getting called out by neighbors, who were concerned about the mystery vehicle parked on their block.

Where is George Gibney? (BBC Sounds/Second Captains)

Previously: Shallow Hype

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

From top: Where Is George Gibney by BBC/ Second Captains will be broadcast next month; Irvin Muchnik

The hype machine is cranking for the BBC/Second Captains podcast documentary series on George Gibney.

This would suggest that the series will, indeed, be dropping next month, after a postponement of the original air date with the implausible explanation that the delay was “due to the current global pandemic.”

Let’s hope the BBC Sounds podcast does a good job of telling the story of the now-climaxing US federal government investigation of Gibney’s status as a permanent resident alien — 25 years after his arrival on a mysteriously timely diversity lottery visa.

And a decade after he failed in an application for U.S. citizenship because he had lied on it about his 1993 indictment in Ireland on 27 counts of sexual abuse of youth athletes is his charge.

These instances of molestation, certified as “vindication” for Gibney’s accusers in a 1998 Irish government report, included his rape and impregnation of a 17-year-old during a 1991 training trip in Tampa, Florida, by his club, the Trojans, out of Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock, County Dublin.

This week, two BBC hype articles, one in the Irish Times and the other in the industry-captive Swimming World magazine, recycle the the Gibney saga while ignoring everything that has happened in the last five years.

Events such as the current federal investigation launched after the 2017 settlement, at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, of this reporter’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for documents from Gibney’s immigration file.

Of special interest to those who want to keep current is an American swimming coaching job offer letter to Gibney, with all salient features completely redacted.

U.S. District Court Senior Judge Charles R. Breyer, in ruling “(mostly) in Muchnick’s favor,” cited my reporting of suspicions that John Leonard and the American Swimming Coaches Association had “greased the wheels” for Gibney’s safe harbour here.

The first hype piece was  “Game Changers: Gary O’Toole took a stand when others turned their heads,” in Saturday’s Irish Times,. It is a typical  Gibney history boilerplate from the Irish media, with appropriate kudos to the great Gary O’Toole, a root whistleblower.

The second hype piece merits special comment: As BBC Counts Down To “Where’s George Gibney” Podcast, Efforts Of Dr. Gary O’Toole To End Abuse Are Back In Focus – Swimming World News

The author, Craig Lord, a British journalist, ran a website called SwimVortex for five years. In 2019 Lord became editor-in-chief of Swimming World.

At the time of his shutdown of SwimVortex, Lord was in the middle of a controversy over his claim that ASCA’s Leonard had shared with him documents proving his innocence of any suggestion that either he or his organization had helped agent Gibney’s transatlantic relocation. (See the four spring 2018 Concussion Inc. articles below)

It hardly needs to be added that today’s Swimming World entry by Lord makes no mention of the controversy of two years ago.

Elliptically and irrelevantly, Lord does write:

“In the course of our own research, Swimming World has had sight of letters in which the American Swimming Coaches Association alerts potential employers to Gibney’s past, as well as other exchanges in which Gibney complains, through a lawyer, to ASCA that he is being prevented from gaining work by ASCA’s interventions.”

In addition to not producing these documents or even quoting verbatim from any of them, Swimming World crucially does not clarify whether such ASCA communications came before or after Gibney’s employment as coach of the USA Swimming age-group club in Arvada, Colorado, in 1995.

Related:

What American Swimming Coaches Association Boss John Leonard Is Now Saying About ASCA and George Gibney Doesn’t Add Up,” March 9, 2018,

“John Leonard’s Mouthpiece, Craig Lord of SwimVortex, ‘Will Think About’ Sharing Purported Documents of American Swimming Coaches Association Chief’s ‘Damning Evidence’ That Supposedly Kept George Gibney From Getting Employed in Colorado,” March 22, 2018

“Craig ‘I’m a Journalist’ Lord of SwimVortex Is ‘Working On’ a Story About ‘Documents’ That Purport to Show American Swimming Coaches Association’s John Leonard Did Right in George Gibney’s U.S. Visa and Colorado Coaching Job Scenario,” March 27, 2018,

“Craig Lord Shuts Down SwimVortex — And Stays Silent Over the Mystery ‘Documents’ That He Claimed Exonerate American Swimming Coaches Association Boss John Leonard in the George Gibney Cover-Up,” May 2, 2018

Previously: George Gibney on Broadsheet

From top: Burlington Hotel; Monday’s Irish Daily Star; former Olympic swimming coaches George Gibney (left) and Ger Doyle

This afternoon.

Ger Doyle succeeded the disgraced George Gibney as national swimming coach in 1992. He would remain in that position until 2005.

In July 2012, Doyle was jailed for six-and-a-half years after a conviction on 34 counts of indecent assault against young children.

Unlike Gibney, Doyle served prison time before his ‘sudden death’ over the weekend at 59.

Investigative sports journalist irvin Muchnik , of Concussion Inc,  who has been on the trail of George Gibney for half a decade, writes:

The newspaper stories of Ger Doyle’s death do not run down Doyle’s connections to Gibney and the widespread coach sexual abuse scandals in the Irish swimming program that brought about the dissolution of the Irish Amateur Swimming Association (IASA) in 1998 and its rebranding as Swim Ireland.

Like coaching colleague Derry O’Rourke, Doyle served prison time for molesting youth swimmers.

Another leading coach and IASA official, Frank McCann, was imprisoned for the murder of his wife and their baby daughter, by means of burning down their house — his way to conceal from her knowledge of his rape and impregnation of an underage girl.

In 2016, reviewing all this history in a ruling in my favor in my Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for material from Gibney’s immigration files, U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer wrote that Gibney was the one who “got away.

At the final hearing, addressing Gibney’s continued presence in this country despite a failed application for naturalized citizenship in 2010, Breyer said from the bench:

“I have to assume that if somebody has been charged with the types of offenses that Mr. Gibney has been charged with, the United States, absent other circumstances, would not grant a visa. We’re not a refuge for pedophiles.

In 2017, a woman in Ireland contacted Concussion Inc. with a previously unreported instance of allegations of sex crimes by Gibney: his molestation of her in 1982, at age 11, during a private swimming instruction at the pool of Dublin’s Burlington Hotel.

In the account of the alleged victim, “Julia,” Ger Doyle was working as the “lifeguard” at the pool and looked on.

Anglo-Irish Podcast Series on George Gibney Is Delayed Until August. And Gibney’s Sexual Abuse Accomplice, Ger Doyle, Just Died. (Concussion Inc)

Death of disgraced coach Ger Doyle (Wexford People)

Previously: George Gibney on Broadsheet.

From top: irvin Muchnik; A pavement memorial to the 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, California last week

In post-corona America, I’m still sitting here waiting for the last shoe to drop — or not — in the federal investigation of serial molester former Irish Olympic swimming coach George Gibney, who is living out his senescence, just another neighbor in a central Florida suburb, like some retired Bergen-Belsen gate guard.

Meanwhile, we’re approaching the fifth anniversary of a more publicised chapter in Irish-American affairs: the June 16, 2015, apartment building balcony collapse in my hometown, Berkeley, California, which took the lives of five young Dubliners who were here on J-1 summer visas, along with an Irish-American relative.

Because the spot of the tragedy, 2020 Kittredge Street in downtown Berkeley, is next door to the main branch of the Berkeley Public Library, I used to pass the Library Gardens complex several times a week.

These days, obviously, I swing by less frequently. Yesterday I captured an image of a makeshift sidewalk memorial (above) that continues to be maintained, lovingly if at a low level, by anonymous caretakers — perhaps fellow residents of the building.

The five Irish students who plunged to their deaths from the fifth floor during a birthday party were all 21 years old: Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller, Nick Schuster, and Eimear Walsh. The Irish-American, Olivia’s cousin Ashley Donohoe, was 22. Seven others were injured at the terrifying scene.

Like many other news consumers, I initially assumed that this was a story of drunken kids who had mindlessly overloaded the balcony, maybe right after swallowing goldfish or spinning inside a dryer.

But we soon learned that was not the case. Enabled by shockingly lax building codes and inspectors, the developer of Library Gardens had erected unsafe balconies.

Berkeley famously boasts a human rights commission and a pompous “foreign policy.” What it doesn’t seem to have is what should be job one of any municipal government: acceptable construction standards.

In October 2015, Ireland’s president, Michael D. Higgins, came through town for a series of events that included meeting with first responders of the incident four months earlier.

The state visit culminated with a ceremony in which Higgins and then Mayor Tom Bates shoveled the first dirt in the planting of twin trees at the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Park, remembering the deceased and reaffirming the Ireland-Berkeley bond.

I took my then 10-year-old daughter Lia directly to the park from school dismissal that day so that we could join the sparse crowd at the late afternoon gathering.

I had another mission, as well: I was hoping to get a comment for the record from President Higgins on the then, as now, little-known two-continent campaign to bring George Gibney to justice.

I was at the beginning of what would be two and a half years of litigation of my Freedom of Information Act quest to get the Department of Homeland Security to disclose Gibney’s immigration files.

As regular readers know, the next year U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer would rule mostly in my favor, and in 2017 the federal government and I would settle at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The key findings: Gibney had slipped into the U.S. in the mid-1990s on a Donnelly diversity lottery visa, shortly after the Irish Supreme Court — including the later chief justice, Susan Denham, the unrecused sister of Gibney’s lawyer Patrick Gageby — ruled to quash the rapist coach’s 27-count indictment containing charges of years of sexual abuse of many youth swimmers under his tutelage.

Soon outed in the communities of his first American stop in the state of Colorado, Gibney undertook a wandering quasi-fugitive existence that persists to this day. In 2010 he applied for U.S. citizenship, but was denied for failing to reveal on the application his past arrest and indictment in his native country.

Yet Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided that Gibney was “not removable” — since he had never been convicted of a crime.

Since then, there has been a behind-the-scenes pas de deux between the two national governments, made easier in its passive and langorous pace by an absence of media attention.

Will the U.S. deport this creep? Or will Ireland’s director of public prosecutions review old and new allegations, seek to revisit the 1994 Supreme Court case, whose scholarship has withered over the years, and extradite Gibney?  You go first. No, you go first. Give us a smoking gun. No, you give us a peer-reviewed journal study of the chemical composition of gunshot residue.

The day before President Higgins’ tour, I submitted to the Berkeley mayor’s office an unsealed query letter intended for the president’s eyes. I explained to the Bates staff my work on the Gibney matter, and asked for his good offices in transmitting my letter to the visiting dignitary.

The mayor declined. His people said they didn’t know what this was all about. You see, Berkeley has a foreign policy, except when it doesn’t. Maybe the staffers were busy working on building code reform.

Before the sapling ceremony, Lia and I positioned ourselves at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Allston Way, just across the street from Berkeley High School.

The president and the mayor weren’t there yet, but an Irish security detail was. I approached one of the gentlemen and asked if he would be so kind as to hand over to Mr. Higgins my letter inside a blank unsealed envelope.

The security guy said sure, but first he wanted me to write my name and address on the outside of the envelope.

At the “rope line” following the dueling shovel action of Higgins and Bates, Lia and I approached the president and shook his hand.

“Mr. President,” I said, “I carry greetings from a mutual friend, TD Maureen O’Sullivan.” (O’Sullivan has supported the Gibney extradition campaign from 2015).

“Yes,” the Irish leader replied. “Great good friend.”

Sadly, though I can’t say surprisingly, I never heard back from His Excellency.

Irivn’s ebook The George GIibney Chronicles: What the Hunt For the Most Notorious At-Large Sex Criminal in the History of Global Sports Has Told Us About the Sports Establishments and Governments on Two Continents is available for US $3.49, either at Amazon Kindle or, in PDF form, by sending the funds to paypal@muchnick.net.

May Day, From the Irish Connection at 2020 Kittredge Street, Berkeley, California, USA (Concussion Inc)

 Irvin Muchnik with Maureen Sullivan TD at Leinster House this morning

This morning.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Dogged, relentless American sportswriter and investigative journalist Irvin Muchnik is in Dublin until Sunday to meet people involved in efforts to bring fugitive swimming coach George Gibney to justice, including Maurren O’Sullivan TD and Dr Gary O’Toole.

Irvin writes:

My message is simple: If the goal is to nail, at long last, this disgraced Irish Olympic swim coach who has been hiding in plain sight in my country for a quarter of a century, then all the tools are in place.

Previously we’ve noted that politicians on both sides of the Atlantic must push for direct and formal information-sharing between Ireland’s Garda and U.S. law enforcement — both the federal Justice Department and the office of the state attorney of Hillsborough County, Florida. (Tampa is where Gibney’s known sex crime on American soil occurred, during an Irish swim team training trip in 1991.)

Last year Maurren O’Sullivan met in Washington, D.C., with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, the American politician who is associated with the #MeToo movement and is the unofficial House Democratic majority monitor of youth sports coach abuse issues.

In the current, and evidently culminating, circumstance of a wider investigation of abuses throughout Olympic sports programs, we need a renewed initiative with specific tactics. And Speier and other sympathetic legislators have to heed it and act on it.

Though not directly related, some wind under the sails of the Gibney extradition campaign has emerged in the form of breaking news of the arrest of another accused serial sex abuser, Jeffrey Epstein.

The fresh reporting in my new edition of the  George Gibney Chronicles ebook adds a road map for federal investigators of the final furlong of this marathon: important questions surrounding his role in a Colorado church group’s children’s eye clinic mission in Peru around 20 years ago.

To the Emerald Isle For the Gibney Project (ConcussionInc)

Tuesday: Irv In Ireland

This morning.

Off The Ball AM.

American sportswriter and investigative journalist Irvin Muchnik discusses with OTBAM’s Eoin Sheehan about his four-year effort to bring Irish swimming coach George Gibney to justice.

Gibney moved to the United States in 1995, the year after an unusual and controversial decision by the Supreme Court led to the quashing of his 27 charges for indecent carnal knowledge of minors.

Irvin’s recently published e-book on the case, The George Gibney Chronicles, is available here for $3.49. A PDF copy emailed to you by remitting $3.49 through PayPal to paypal@muchnick.net.

Previously: Bringing Gibney To Book

From top: The Gibney Chronicles and irvin Muchnik

This afternoon.

American sportswriter, author and investigative journalist Irvin Muchnik’s ebook on Irish Olympic swimming coach George Gibney is now available.

The George Gibney Chronicles: What the Hunt For the Most Notorious At-Large Sex Criminal in the History of Global Sports Has Told Us About the Sports Establishments and Governments on Two Continents is the culmination for Irvin of four years of reporting and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.

The George Gibney Chronicles: is available here for $3.49.

Anyone without a Kindle-compatible device can receive an emailed PDF copy of the 30,000-word ebook by remitting $3.49 on Paypal to paypal@muchnick.net.

Monday: Bringing Gibney To Book

From top: The Gibney Chronicles, out this Friday; Its author irvin Muchnik

This Friday, March 1

American sportswriter, author and investigative journalist Irvin Muchnik’s book on Irish Olympic swimming coach George Gibney will be published.

The George Gibney Chronicles is the culmination for Irvin of four years of reporting and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security.

Gibney moved to the United States in 1995, the year after an unusual and controversial decision by the Supreme Court led to the quashing of his 27 charges for indecent carnal knowledge of minors.

Justice Roderick Murphy’s report into sex abuse and swimming in 1998 concluded that Gibney’s accusers “were vindicated” by the accumulation of Garda evidence.

The ebook is being published at a time when findings of Irvin’s 2017 FOIA case settlement, which disclosed information about Gibney’s American immigration file, could result in his deportation.

Calling 2019 “the year of reckoning,” Irvin says in the introduction that American government sources say conclusion of Gibney’s “unusual immigration scenario” is at hand.

Irvin writes:

In 2010 Gibney was denied U.S. citizenship because he concealed from his application his Irish criminal indictment. He was not removed from the country, however, and U.S. District Court Senior Judge Charles R. Breyer, in his 2016 FOIA decision in Muchnick’s favor, called the government’s inaction curious. Breyer also cited the author’s suspicion “that the American Swimming Coaches Association greased the wheels for Gibney’s relocation.”

The Gibney Chronicles also examines the legal status of a connecting crime on American soil: Gibney’s rape of a 17-year-old girl in Tampa, Florida, in 1991 while on a training trip with Trojan swimming club which uses the facilities at Newpark Sports Centre.

The George Gibney Chronicles: What the Hunt For the Most Notorious At-Large Sex Criminal in the History of Global Sports Has Told Us About the Sports Establishments and Governments on Two Continents is available here for $3.49.

Anyone without a Kindle-compatible device can receive an emailed PDF copy of the 30,000-word ebook by remitting $3.49 on Paypal to paypal@muchnick.net.

Update:

An earlier version of this article stated that Trojans swim club is ‘from Dublin’s Newpark Comprehensive school’. In a statement, Newpark’s principal Derek Lowry has asked us to clarify:

‘Trojans Swim team do not have any connection to the school but have used Newpark Sports Centre for training for many years. The club pay rent for the use of the pool but there is no other connection with the school and the members of the club do not attend the school.’

‘George Gibney Chronicles’ — eBook About Two-Continent Hunt For Irish Olympic Swimming Coach and Fugitive Sex Criminal — Publishes March 1 (Concussion.net)

Previously: Who is Protecting Gibney?

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

George Gibney on Broadsheet

irivin Muchnik in conversation with OTB:AM yesterday; Larry Nasser (left) and George Gibney

US-based journalist irvin Muchnik writes:

For a long time I have held the view that the Irish victims of George Gibney — perhaps the most notorious at-large sex abuser in international sports history — along with their families and advocates, have done quite enough of the heavy lifting in the quest for long-delayed justice and closure.

Though it’s true that it was the warps in the Irish criminal justice system that initially let Gibney off the hook for his crimes there, and it was cronyism and corruption in high places there that smoothed his passage to the United States, there should be a proverbial statute of limitations on repeated dashed expectations.

Somewhere along the way of the past quarter of a century, roaming unaccountably free across Colorado, Utah, California, Florida, and points in between, Gibney became, fundamentally, a problem for his pliant hosts, the Americans, to grasp and resolve.

My recently concluded Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for Gibney’s immigration records establishes that friendly forces in the US enabled the perpetuation of this heinous global sports cover-up.

In all likelihood, it was the apparatchiks of the American Swimming Coaches Association who set up Gibney at the North Jeffco Swim Club in Arvada, Colorado, in the mid-1990s.

And after Gibney, in an apparent panic, filed for naturalized citizenship some 16 years into his unsettled, multi-state alien residency here — and concealed from the application his 27-count criminal indictment in Ireland — it was the American government, in 2010, that curiously ruled, in conjunction with the rejection of that application, that he could not be deported.

Therefore, it is up to people of the US to stand up for what is right.

Stand up for what Judge Charles R. Breyer, in the final hearing of the FOIA case, aptly called a determination of whether our immigration system was a perversity, some sort of “haven for pedophiles.”

No Irish authority can compel the American government to look hard and honorably at the peculiar loopholes Gibney exploited in order to become, in his senescence, ingrained in the community of Altamonte Springs, Florida, like a retired Treblinka gate guard.

No bloc of Irish voters exists to pressure American politicians to probe the bizarre and contradictory moves documented in the Gibney file by, first, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and, second, U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS).

Anyway, this has been my position.

But this week it changed.

It changed because an independent and overarching event intervened. A sicko doctor at Michigan State University named Larry Nassar was convicted and sentenced in his molestations of well over 100 girls and young women under the aegis of USA Gymnastics.

Heads are rolling at both institutions.

In their wake is a unique, indeed historic, opportunity to join the campaign to extradite and try George Gibney with the newly risen awareness of the abuses of power, safety, and decency throughout the youth programs of Olympic sports bodies everywhere.

And that is why I appeal to those good people in Ireland to suck it up one more time and make their voices heard to those Americans with good instincts on this issue.

They include Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Jackie Speier, to whom Teachta Dála Maureen O’Sullivan last month already asked for help in the Gibney matter.

Such help must go beyond merely “raising questions” about immigration procedures. It also must facilitate the sharing of information collected by the Irish government (principally in reports of An Garda Síochána, the national police, and in the 1998 Murphy Inquiry into sexual abuse in Irish swimming) with appropriate American agencies (most especially the prosecutors’ offices in Florida, site of Gibney’s known heinous crime on American soil).

When the last page of the last chapter is written on George Gibney, it will not be the story of an individual monster, any more than Larry Nassar’s was. It will be a web of epic failures of the money-driven tropisms of kid sports programs.

They were supposed to be all about physical fitness and healthy competition. Instead, they became about gold medals and the runaway gravy train of the bureaucrats and obscenely well-heeled executives of the Olympic movement.

Coaches like to exhort their athletes: Give me one more lap. After bearing lifelong psychological damage and heartache, some for as long as 50 years, those who were scarred by Gibney, and those who support them, need to go ’round one more time here. There are no guarantees that we’ll succeed. But there’s the certainly that we can’t, unless we try.

For those of you just tuning in, here are key data points:

1990: In an elliptical conversation on a plane flight to an international competition, Irish Olympic swimmer Gary O’Toole is first tipped that Gibney had molested athletes beginning more than 20 years earlier. O’Toole starts designing the mechanisms to canvass Irish swimmers and get the word out to sport authorities and police.

1991: On a training trip, Gibney rapes and impregnates a 17-year-old swimmer he had earlier violated in Holland. The girl is drugged by an Irish swimming official and taken to England for a secret abortion.


1992:
Gibney successfully applies for a US. visa under the Donnelly diversity lottery program. He attaches to his application both an American job offer letter and a “certificate of character” from a Garda precinct. The certificate, representing that Gibney enjoyed a spotless record, was issued at a point when allegations of the coach’s abuse were already surfacing and multiplying.

1993: Gibney is indicted on 27 counts of sex crimes against minors.


1994:
The Irish Supreme Court halts Gibney’s prosecution on the grounds that some of the charges date too far back to allow a fair trial. One of the sitting justices, Susan Denham (later the chief justice), did not recuse herself from the case even though she is the sister of Gibney’s barrister Patrick Gageby.

Gibney moves to the US by way of Scotland.

1995: Gibney leaves the Colorado swim club where he was a coach following an allegation of sexual misconduct. He is not charged with a crime, but the episode leads to the outing of his Irish past in the local community and sparks many years of nomadic American residence and employment outside the aquatics industry.


1998:
The Murphy Commission concludes, “In light of the charges arising out of the Garda investigation the complainants were vindicated.”

2006:  RTÉ’s Prime Time  interviews Gibney victims on camera (including the victim of the 1991 Florida rape); confronts Gibney in Calistoga, California; and quotes the local sheriff confirming that Gibney was on the radar of both the local sheriff’s office and the FBI.

2008:  Justine McCarthy publishes the book Deep Deception: Ireland’s Swimming Scandals.

2010: Irish-American Evin Daly, head of the Florida anti-abuse organization One Child International, publishes information on Gibney’s history and submits it to the federal government.

Gibney applies for citizenship.

In an internal memorandum, the government’s ICE agency memorializes the opinion that Gibney is not removable from the country

After first warning Gibney that his citizenship application was defective in its answer to the question of whether he had ever been charged with or convicted of a crime, USCIS denies the application.

Irvin writes at Concussion Inc

How did George Gibney get into the US? (OTB:AM)

Previously:“The Victims Invested All Their Belief In The Judicial System”

George Gibney on Broadsheet.