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by Irvin Muchnick

In the wake of newly released federal government records documenting the mysterious 1990s American immigration of rapist former Irish Olympic swimming coach George Gibney, Teachta Dála Maureen O’Sullivan sent a second appeal letter to Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

O’Sullivan is the Irish legislator who asked the director of public prosecutions in her country to reopen criminal charges against Gibney and to seek his extradition. A Democrat from California, Speier lists amateur sports sexual abuse among her legislative concerns.

Citing our Freedom of Information Act litigation, O’Sullivan told Speier:

“The documents continue to raise troubling questions, the answers to which might spur the Irish government to seek Gibney’s extradition and to prosecute him — both on charges that were abandoned on dubious technical grounds years ago, and on new ones that have emerged. At least one case, in which Gibney raped and impregnated a teen swimmer in his charge during a training trip, occurred on American soil. A 1998 Irish government commission, headed by one of our most distinguished justices, found that the allegations against Gibney were true and the victims were ‘vindicated.’ Until he is brought to justice, however, there is no true vindication under law.”

Speier responded to O’Sullivan that she will continue to “monitor” the FOIA case “and look for ways to constructively engage in this ongoing legal process.”

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