News

Taoiseach Apologises To Joanne Hayes On Behalf Of The State

Share this article


The Taoiseach has apologised to Joanne Hayes on behalf of the state for what she was put through over the last 30 years.

Ms Hayes was falsely accused of murdering 'Baby John', an infant whose body washed up on a beach in Kerry in 1984.

Gardaí yesterday apologised to Ms Hayes for their accusations after DNA tests proved she was not the baby's mother.

Officers have also launched a fresh review of the case.

Speaking in Strasbourg today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar extended the Garda apology:

Taoiseach Apologises To Joanne Hayes On Behalf Of The State

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

In a statement, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan welcomed the launch of the new investigation into the child's death.

He said: "I want to particularly welcome the apology made personally to Ms Joanne Hayes by Commissioner Donall Ó Cualáin on behalf of An Garda Síochána which was put on the public record by Gardaí yesterday.

"Joanne Hayes was subject to a prolonged ordeal that was simply wrong on every level. This was unacceptable even at the time and as Minister for Justice and Equality, and on behalf of the State, I am deeply sorry that this happened."


Share this article


Read more about

News

You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-5 AM

Share

Up next

Early Breakfast with Pamela Jo...

Early Breakfast with Pamela Joyce

5 AM-7 AM

Share

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

7 AM-9 AM

Share

Dermot & Dave

Dermot & Dave

9 AM-12 PM

Share

Muireann O'Connell

Muireann O'Connell

12 PM-2 PM

Share

Fergal D'Arcy

Fergal D'Arcy

2 PM-4:30 PM

Share

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

4:30 PM-7 PM

Share

Lost in Music with Louise Duff...

Lost in Music with Louise Duffy

7 PM-9 PM

Share

The Paul McLoone Show

The Paul McLoone Show

9 PM-12 AM

Share

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-5 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on