The Galway man who last week had his conviction for sexually assaulting a young girl declared a miscarriage of justice has demanded an inquiry into how the gardaí investigated the case.
Speaking to the Sunday Tribune from his home in Attymon, Galway, Michael Feichín Hannon (34) said there were many inconsistencies with his 10-year-old neighbour's story. There was also no medical evidence to prove sexual assault following a check-up by doctors and that investigating gardaí in Clifden were aware there was an on-going row between the two families over land. "The gardaí just wanted to believe that I was guilty and wanted it all over and done with. I'll never forget getting arrested and interrogated by them. They kept saying, 'you did it. Why would she make this up?' I think the gardaí have questions to answer. I'd like to see them investigated."