Awaiting Mountjoy killing report

Sir, – Gary Douch was murdered in a foul and barbaric way while in the custody of the State. That was seven years ago. The then Minister for Justice promised an immediate enquiry.

So far there has been little real progress,to the obvious and understandable distress of Gary’s mother and family.

This is not the fault of Grainne McMorrow SC who conducted the enquiry and it is to accept inevitable delays due to the trial of the killer. But what is unacceptable are the reported long delays by the State in furnishing documents and other material to Ms McMorrow (Home News, June 3rd )

We have seen more than enough in recent years of public bodies acting slowly and not always openly when investigations are launched into their own past responsibilities. At this point it is important that the Minister for Justice confirm if there have been such delays and if so why and by whom. And to give some idea as to when a report may be expected.


The family of Gary Douch has suffered grievously. Alan Shatter owes it to them and to the public to be fully open about the process to date and by so doing that reassure his family that his life did indeed mean something. – Yours, etc,


Haddington Place,

Dublin 4.