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Government cover up in murder of Garda Dick Fallon

perprojustice

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I have just been watching the programme on the shooting dead of Garda Dick Fallon in Dublin in 1970 following a bank raid.

Dick Fallon's son has now stated that the records and papers relative to the shooting of and investigation into the murder have not been released by the Garda authorities or the government.

He attributes the refusal to release the documents to collusion between the then government and a gang known as Saor Eire.

He alleges the then government colluded with Saor Eire in bringing arms into the country and into Northern Ireland and that one of the guns so imported was used in the killing.

This is not a new revelation but nevertheless it is a very serious accusation and one that requires immediate clarification.

It should be noted that this murder was in the same era as the arms trial.
 


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In 2005 the then Justice Minister Michael McDowell refused to hold an enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the investigation.

The family of a garda shot dead in Dublin in 1970 has accused Minister for Justice Michael McDowell of having double standards over his refusal to hold an inquiry into the killing.

The comments from the family of Garda Richard Fallon come after the minister's announcement of an inquiry into the IRA killing of two RUC officers in 1989, which happened outside the state.

Finian Fallon, youngest son of Garda Fallon, expressed “profound disappointment'‘ at the minister's decision. He said the killing of RUC officers Robert Buchanan and Harry Breen in south Armagh “appeared to reflect badly on Sinn Féin/IRA'‘, while aspects of his father's death “may reflect badly on the Irish government'‘.


The Sunday Business Post can reveal that newly uncovered Department of Justice files suggest that illegal arms consignments linked to the murder of Fallon were smuggled into the country with the knowledge of some senior Fianna Fáil figures at that time.

Sunday Business Post

Link Anger at McDowell inaction on Garda Fallon killing: ThePost.ie
 

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I remember Garda Fallon's murder very clearly. 1970 was also the year of the Arms Trial and it is quite possible that Garda Fallon was murdered by a weapon brought in by Haughey or Blaney. However, if Lynch had such evidence then surely he would have made it public: this would certainly have ended Haughey's political career.

And if Lynch did not make it public, why then did subsequent coalition governments led by Cosgrave and FitzGerald not? They had no hesitation in publicising the fact that Seán Doherty as Justice Minister had illegally tapped the phones of certain journalists. The murder of Garda Fallon was an altogether more serious matter.

It's all quite baffling and certainly warrants a public enquiry even at this late stage.
 

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Sean Doherty admitted to the phone taps, in fact he volunteered the information.

Fine Gael behave strangely at times. The appear not to have the bottle to pursue such matters, to their detriment.

For instance they failed miserably to pursue John O'Donoghue when he was apprehended in a speeding ministerial car and told the public and the dail "it appears I was not in the car on the night in question"

Jock Haughey was not fingered by Lynch either.

Did he not have a memory problem around that time, if my memory serves me correctly.
 

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I honestly don't know the validity of this Accusation but I think people looking back now on this case now should bear in mind the huge psychological effect this case had on the Irish Public at the time.

The murder of a Garda on the streets of Dublin was a huge shock and an event that had not occured in 28 years!

It certainly was one of the Big News story of the year in the South in a way that sad to say the murder of a Garda would not be today.

It certainly woke people up to the way things were going.

IIRC an individual was so charged but the case against them collapsed because the other Garda with Fallon on that day could not recall under Oath whether the doors of the Bank swung inwards or outwards and the Defense argued that as his memory was faulty it undermined his evidence as a witness against the accused.

Were any actual guns as such imported undetected into the State in 1970 anyway?

I thought the charges against Haughey et all were on an attempt to import rather than an actual one?

That Bank is still there on the Quays BTW.
 

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Were any actual guns as such imported undetected into the State in 1970 anyway?

I thought the charges against Haughey et all were on an attempt to import rather than an actual one?
thats never been claimed by anyone as far as im aware . Ive never once heard anyone claim that haughey and co had been successful in importing a single weapon and its very doubtful anyone would have been using them on bank jobs . There would have been no shortage of pistols and the like already in republicans hands . Haughey and co were only attempting to import long weapons , bolt action rifles . Totally unsuitable for bank robberies .
I think thats a red herring
 

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thats never been claimed by anyone as far as im aware . Ive never once heard anyone claim that haughey and co had been successful in importing a single weapon and its very doubtful anyone would have been using them on bank jobs . There would have been no shortage of pistols and the like already in republicans hands . Haughey and co were only attempting to import long weapons , bolt action rifles . Totally unsuitable for bank robberies .
I think thats a red herring
Unfortunately that is not correct.

It was Saor Eire who carried out the raid and who stole the guns in Parker Hale Ammunitions in Birmingham.

This was 1970 and operational arms were not in plentiful supply.

A meeting was held in 2005 with Finian Fallon the son of Dick Fallon Michael McDowell then minister for justice and Garda Commissioner Conroy. Tony Hickey also attended

At the meeting, McDowell divulged information that strengthened the Fallon family's belief that the gun that killed their father was part of an i l legal consignment smuggled into the country in the knowledge of senior Fianna Fáil figures.

According to notes of the meeting, McDowell accepted that allegations of state involvement in Saor Eire's gun running operation “was not an impossible theory'‘.

Jock Haughey, the late brother of former taoiseach Charles Haughey, was specifically mentioned.

The minister said he had come across a note made by Peter Berry, former secretary of the Department of Justice, which had been missed in an earlier departmental trawl of the files.
This reference mentioned “small consignments'‘ of arms which had entered the jurisdiction “without custom checks'‘.


It was also stated in this note that Jock Haughey and a former top Fianna Fáil politician were aware of these importations.

The minister said this note was cross-referenced to a note on the cover of a manila file by Des O'Malley, Minister for Justice in 1972, which mentioned importations through Dun Laoghaire.

Hickey read extracts from a letter dated “9/11/71'‘ from Tony McMahon, then a senior garda, stating that a consignment of weapons had been stolen from the Parker Hale munitions factory in Birmingham.

The theft consisted of 25 9mm Star pistols and 10 .22 Star pistols, the type of guns used in the killing of Fallon.

The letter went on to say that when Saor Eireman Martin Casey was killed while carrying a bomb, a 9mm Star pistol was found on him.


LINK Anger at McDowell inaction on Garda Fallon killing: ThePost.ie

The foregoing spells out the collusion and secrecy and underhand methods employed at the time that led to the death of Garda Fallon and perhaps many other innocent persons.

What indication have we that anything has changed.
 

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What indication have we that anything has changed.
the fact files regarding this case exist while all the files surrounding the dublin monaghan bombings carried out by the British do not , and neither do their duplicates , having disappeared from 5 seprate secure locationsincluding the deptartment of justice under McDowells tenure . And that nobody only the relatives gives a damn . Relatives who remain harassed by garda special branch to this day .
 

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the fact files regarding this case exist while all the files surrounding the dublin monaghan bombings carried out by the British do not , and neither do their duplicates , having disappeared from 5 seprate secure locationsincluding the deptartment of justice under McDowells tenure . And that nobody only the relatives gives a damn . Relatives who remain harassed by garda special branch to this day .
Yes indeed but we do not know if all the files regarding Dick Fallons killing exist either.

In 1970 many things were done on a nod and a wink.

The disappearance of the files on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings disappeared at a much later stage, thus bringing the era of governmental underhand methods into the modern era.
 

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Yes indeed but we do not know if all the files regarding Dick Fallons killing exist either.

In 1970 many things were done on a nod and a wink.

The disappearance of the files on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings disappeared at a much later stage, thus bringing the era of governmental underhand methods into the modern era.
it was only a few years ago . The perpetrators of that despicable act of collusion in mass murder are very much still around and active .
 

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Dick Fallon's son has now stated that the records and papers relative to the shooting of and investigation into the murder have not been released by the Garda authorities or the government.
Whatever about politicians, I can't understand why senior Gardai would refuse to release documents relating to the murder of a fallen comrade.

And for as many times in two days I find myself agreeing with Merle Haggard: the families of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings have been treated despicably by the Irish Government.

Mind you, I don't find the same Mr Haggard being quite so vociferous in his demands for public enquiries into the Birmingham, Claudy or Omagh bombings. I am just picking these three atrocities committed by so-called Republicans at random. The list is obviously much, much more extensive.
 

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Yes indeed but we do not know if all the files regarding Dick Fallons killing exist either.

In 1970 many things were done on a nod and a wink.

The disappearance of the files on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings disappeared at a much later stage, thus bringing the era of governmental underhand methods into the modern era.
For the record, it is not in the public domain when (or indeed if) the Garda files on the DM bombings were lost/destroyed. Any statement to the contrary is completely unfounded.

Also for the record, while it is true that Special Branch did indeed monitor the relatives of the victims of the DM bombings during the nineties, there is no evidence anywhere that this currently continues.
 

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Also for the record, while it is true that Special Branch did indeed monitor the relatives of the victims of the DM bombings during the nineties
Why? Did the relatives (all of them) have connections with subversive organisations?
 

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Whatever about politicians, I can't understand why senior Gardai would refuse to release documents relating to the murder of a fallen comrade.

And for as many times in two days I find myself agreeing with Merle Haggard: the families of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings have been treated despicably by the Irish Government.

Mind you, I don't find the same Mr Haggard being quite so vociferous in his demands for public enquiries into the Birmingham, Claudy or Omagh bombings. I am just picking these three atrocities committed by so-called Republicans at random. The list is obviously much, much more extensive.
All Garda promotions to Superintendent and upwards are political appointments.

As and from a couple of weeks ago ALL Garda promotions from the Rank of Garda upwards will now be subject to political appointment.

Any need to say more. Perhaps yes; perhaps no.
 

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Why? Did the relatives (all of them) have connections with subversive organisations?
I did not know that the relatives of the D & M victims were monitored into the 90's or at all.

My Aunt just escaped the Dublin bombings. She was actually knocked to the ground. I

It had a profound effect on her. She is not a subversive.
 

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For the record, it is not in the public domain when (or indeed if) the Garda files on the DM bombings were lost/destroyed. Any statement to the contrary is completely unfounded.

Also for the record, while it is true that Special Branch did indeed monitor the relatives of the victims of the DM bombings during the nineties, there is no evidence anywhere that this currently continues.
I think I may have to disagree with you on that.

The 2007 McEntee report of the commission of investigation into the Dublin and monaghan bombings found that huge amounts opf relevant documents had gone missing from the Garda files.

The MacEntee Report highlighted the huge amounts of relevant documentation that have gone missing from the Garda files and the fact that it is impossible to determine whether further documentation may also be missing due to massive failures in the Garda document management system of the time.

It is therefore impossible to ascertain with any degree of certainty from Garda records why the Garda investigation into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings was wound down less than three months after the bombings. Serious questions thus remain regarding the investigation.


The difference with the Dick Fallon murder is that the government have not yet pulled the stroke that the files are missing. They simply will not release them.

LINK Justice For The Forgotten

See also the McEntee report:
http://www.dublinmonaghanbombings.org/index2.html

and government reports here:

http://www.taoiseach.irlgov.ie/eng/index.asp?docID=2044
 
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Why? Did the relatives (all of them) have connections with subversive organisations?
Code Twinkle, I'd be very interested to have that matter clarified.
 

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I think I may have to disagree with you on that.

The 2007 McEntee report of the commission of investigation into the Dublin and monaghan bombings found that huge amounts opf relevant documents had gone missing from the Garda files.

The MacEntee Report highlighted the huge amounts of relevant documentation that have gone missing from the Garda files and the fact that it is impossible to determine whether further documentation may also be missing due to massive failures in the Garda document management system of the time.

It is therefore impossible to ascertain with any degree of certainty from Garda records why the Garda investigation into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings was wound down less than three months after the bombings. Serious questions thus remain regarding the investigation.


The difference with the Dick Fallon murder is that the government have not yet pulled the stroke that the files are missing. They simply will not release them.

LINK Justice For The Forgotten

See also the McEntee report:
Justice For The Forgotten

and government reports here:

Department of the Taoiseach - Commission of Investigation: Dublin and Monaghan Bombings 1974

You are partially right in that that is the conclusion of Mr. MacEntee. However, the MacEntee Report was a whitewash to say the least.

The Commission of Investigation legislation that he operated under is currently being challenged in the courts because under the terms of the legislation, MacEntee does not have to reveal the sources/documents upon which he based his conclusions, essentially it was a wholly private enquiry and remains so. This falls far short of the transparency required of investigations into murder under European Court of Human Rights standards.

Basically, the families have absolutely no way of knowing upon what he based his conclusion that the documents were lost due to a failure of the Garda archiving system - except his word on the word of the Gardai of course. Ironic in that MacEntee was charged with investigating the same Gardai.

We do know that the Gardai are well able to re-investigate many 'cold cases' from the same period (early 70s) and have not have difficulty accessing those files. It would seem, if MacEntee is to be believed, that the failure of the Garda document managment system was (oh so unfortunately) pretty limited to those cases which have since been deemed politically controversial such as Dublin and Monaghan. I agree this is not evident from just perusing the JFF website but take my word for it it's true.

As for the Special Branch surveilling the families of the victims, such was the culture of censorship and bias in this state during the years of the IRA campaign, the Gardai, Conor Cruise O'Brien and many others in Irish public life, believed that if you were a victim of a loyalist/British attack you were, by default, a 'fellow traveller' of the IRA and were a threat to the state. That is literally why the early meetings of the families in the ninties who were trying to form a campaign for truth were monitored by the Garda Special Branch. It's a great little nation isn't it.
 

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As for the Special Branch surveilling the families of the victims, such was the culture of censorship and bias in this state during the years of the IRA campaign, the Gardai, Conor Cruise O'Brien and many others in Irish public life, believed that if you were a victim of a loyalist/British attack you were, by default, a 'fellow traveller' of the IRA and were a threat to the state. That is literally why the early meetings of the families in the ninties who were trying to form a campaign for truth were monitored by the Garda Special Branch. It's a great little nation isn't it.
That is both disgraceful and ludicrous: the bombings in Dublin and Monaghan were quite clearly random, soft targets calculated to caused the maximum amount of carnage to totally innocent civilians.
 


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