William Geary

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William Gear at age 100
Died2004 (Age 104)
Victim ofDavey Neligan
An Irish Nationalist and member of the Irish police force who became the victim of intrigues involving the British and Irish intelligence services arising from the Irish civil war.

William Geary’s life spanned the whole of one century and parts of two others. He took part in training the Volunteers during the Irish War of Independence. He entered the newly formed Garda Siochána. In 1928, while stationed in Kilrush, he was summoned to Garda Headquarters in Dublin for a meeting with Chief Superintendent Nelligan and General O’Duffy, during which he was accused of providing information to the IRA in return for a £100 bribe.

He was subsequently dismissed from the Gardaí Siochána by its Executive Council. For 72 years he fought to clear his name writing to every Irish Minister of Justice since his dismissal. In 2002, the then Irish Minister of Justice,John O’Donoghue travelled to New York to present him with a pardon at age 103. [1] [2]



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