John Glennon and Dave Redmond arrived at X's home late in the evening on 7/9/2000. These two SW employees interviewed a young woman about her allegation of assault against another SW employee. From my statement of 2009 to An Garda Siochana:
On the same date 7/9/2000 John Glennon and Dave Redmond conducted an interview with X at her home in Ashbourne. At this interview Mr. Glennon again requested a copy of X's Garda statement for his investigation.
On 11/9/2000 John Glennon wrote a memo in relation to his interview with X, most of this document is withheld by the Department under FOI section(1)(a) Legal Professional Privilege.
On 16/9/2000 (approx) X received a telephone from Garda McGovern. Garda McGovern informed X that she was acting on Superintendent Lambe's instructions and that there was not enough evidence for charges to be brought. On the same day X received a typewritten version of her statement and immediately forwarded this document to John Glennon.
FACT - There was no evidence because An Garda Siochana did not investigate an allegation of assault made against a Civil Servant. The subsequent investigation and decision by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner proves this fact beyond all doubt. (click the 'button text' icon above for details). From my statement:
On a date believed to be 16/9/2000 a document was added to the Department's investigation file. It is undated and signed by John Glennon. In this document it states:
'the statement to Garda Cerra McGovern made on 7/72000 at Ashbourne Garda Station. Pat Kearns Sergeant. This is the Friday week after Thursday 29/6/2000 when complaint made at Local Office to Cathy Nugent'.
The date on which X was allowed to make a statement was entirely at the discretion of An Garda Siochana. X actually made a statement on 22/7/2000 and not 7/7/2000. The date on the typewritten version of X's statement is one of several differences noticeable when compared to the original statement.
John Glennon had a list of people named by Sean Kelly to corroborate Kelly's story. Who was he going to interview first? Perhaps the clerical officer Brian King, maybe the (redacted) in the (redacted), or would he go straight to the most senior SW employee implicated by Sean Kelly, the area manager Ann Kelly. Back to the 2009 statement:
On 25/9/2000 Mr. Glennon wrote a statement detailing an interview he held with Ms. Valerie Murphy.
Valerie Murphy? You might recall that Valerie Murphy was the first person X spoke to on 8/3/2000 about Kelly's call. X handed Kelly's business card to Valerie. At no time did Kelly mention Ms. Murphy. There was nothing Ms. Murphy could say that could shed any possible light on Kelly's call. It is clear from Glennon's actions that the only person under investigation was X. More from my 2009 statement:
In this document Mr. Glennon stated:
'Valerie says she never mentioned any visit the previous day'.
There was a witness present throughout X's brief meeting with Ms. Murphy. X repeatedly asked who had sent Kelly to her home. The other SW employee X spoke to on 8/3/2000, Ms. Geraldine Campbell, initially also denied that X had mentioned Sean Kelly but later changed her story to acknowledge that X had asked about Sean Kelly's 'home visit'. Not happy with that bit of subterfuge, Glennon later added another note to his account of his interview with Ms. Murphy, from my statement of 2009:
On 25/9/2000 John Glennon wrote a second note containing a detail of the interview he held with Ms.Murphy. In this note Mr. Glennon stated:
'Per VM client called her 'you fucking cunt you'.
This allegation is Mr. Glennon's account of what Ms. Murphy said. It has not been endorsed or recorded by Ms. Murphy and this unfounded allegation was originally made by Sean Kelly in the record of his interview held on 12/7/2000 in which it stated:
'they also told him that she had called them cunts in the past'.
There are no records of any Staff Officers having spoken to Sean Kelly.
The next item on Glennon's cover up agenda was to write up a report of the interview he conducted in X's home on 7/9/2000, Need I say that X was not sent a copy and asked if there were changes she wanted to make. From my statement to An Garda Siochana 2009:
On 29/9/2000 a document was created by John Glennon and Dave Redmond. This report is described as a report of the interview held with X in her home on 7/9/2000. It states:
'He (John Glennon) was obliged to pursue the issue as Sean Kelly was a member of his staff. We (John Glennon & Dave Redmond) were there representing the Minister (Dermot Ahern) on the matter. We were not judges and it may not be possible to resolve all the issues to everyone's satisfaction. He (John Glennon) stated that the department treated the complaint very seriously and that Sean Kelly's position could be at risk if this allegation now being made against him were proved to be true. He (John Glennon) could understand that she might have felt that the Department was in some way targeting her for special treatment. It was a failing in the Department system of operating but she could be assured that she was not being specifically targeted for any reason. Mr. Glennon apologised for the breakdown in communications but she could be assured that there was no question of the Department targeting her for special attention. The visit to her residence came about as a result of a random selection process that was carried out by Sean Kelly regardless of what she may think. There was no question of her being singled out for special attention. Mr. Glennon stated that if these allegations being made against Sean Kelly were proven to be true it would mean that he was guilty of either at best professional misconduct or at worst sexual misconduct. Mr. Glennon outlined the different grades in the Department and the reporting structure involved. He told them that Sean Kelly was at the same grade level as the Local Office Manager Ms. Cathy Nugent and she would not have any authority over him or be aware of what he might be working on. He (John Glennon) said that Sean Kelly reported to an area manager who in turn reported to him. john Glennon told them Sean Kelly would have had his journey approved and that he (Sean Kelly) would have done a report on his visit'.
What Glennon failed to record was that Sean Kelly did not have his journey approved and as per the evidence, he did not do a report on his visit. As for the chain of command described by John Glennon, back to my statement of 2009:
Ann Kelly is the only Area Manager named by Sean Kelly. Ann Kelly was not interviewed and the Department states that a search has failed to disclose the existence of any interview with Ann Kelly. There is no record of a report from Sean Kelly on his visit. There are no records of any person other than Sean Kelly being aware of his visit. There is evidence to support that George Tracey is Sean Kelly's direct superior but he is not referred to in this document.
I was present throughout the 'interview' Glennon and Redmond conducted with X. The most disturbing aspect for me was not what Glennon said but what he did. He insisted that X show him how she alleged Kelly had put his hands on her. X had to re-enact with Glennon playing the part of Kelly and Glennon putting his hands on X. To this day I believe that Glennon insisting that he had to put his hands on X for his investigation is the lowest thing he did.
Part 9 coming soon.
Part 9 coming soon.