« BackKerry babies case “grossly negligent’’

GardaState papers released under the 30 year rule reveal that then Garda Commissioner Lawrence Wren believed gardaí were “grossly negligent’’ in conducting the investigation into the murder of an infant whose body was washed ashore in the controversial Kerry babies case.

In a memorandum to cabinet the commissioner also said the internal Garda investigation had not been able to arrive at any conclusion regarding allegations made by Joanne Hayes and members of her family that they were ill-treated by the Gardai and forced to admit to committing offences,
“which the evidence tends to suggest they could not have committed’’.

Commissioner Wren concluded that the report clearly indicated that the officers conducting the criminal investigation into the death of the Cahirciveen baby were grossly negligent in their handling of the case, and some form of sworn inquiry was required to establish what really happened.