FG Senator welcomes examination of Kerry babies tribunal report
Joanne Hayes wrongly charged with the murder of ‘Baby John’, says Paul Coghlan
Joanne Hayes, pictured in 1985, received an apology from An Garda Síochána and the State last week regarding the investigation. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh
He told the Seanad on Wednesday that consideration was being given to appointing a senior counsel or retired judge to assess the findings with a view to having them quashed or set aside.
“As we all know, this was a botched investigation by the Garda at the time,’’ said Mr Coghlan.
The matter was discussed by the Cabinet on Tuesday and it was decided Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is to consult further with the family of Joanne Hayes before deciding its approach to the controversy.
Mr Coghlan said the apology to the Hayes family was proper.
“Joanne Hayes was wrongly charged with the murder of Baby John, who was stabbed 28 times and found on the White Strand, a crime she had nothing whatsoever to do with,’’ he added.
“The tribunal’s findings can no longer stand in the light of these events.’’