The Minister for Defence was informed about ongoing unprotected toxic chemical exposures at Baldonnel in 2015 via numerous Protected Disclosures.
At the time the minister was warned that 8 men may have suffered untimely deaths due to chemical exposure.
After further research Kehoe was informed in 2018 that we had discovered a further 48 untimely deaths bringing the total to 56.
As of now January 2020 we have records of 77 untimely deaths of Irish Air Corps personnel. Some of these men died by their own hands and could have been saved if Kehoe intervened but he chose to do nothing. Doing nothing meant that men continued to die unnecessarily.
A HSA investigation threatened legal action in 2016 unless the Air Corps complied with the Safety, Health and Welfare At Work Act, 1989 (updated 2005).
A sham “independent third party” investigation by a retired barrister from the office of the Attorney General which was ordered by Kehoe found no evidence that the Air Corps had implemented any chemical health and safety prior to whistleblowers making complaints to the minster and the HSA. Kehoe could have sent in a chemical expert, Kehoe could have sent in a medical expert but Kehoe decided to send in a government barrister and pretended he was an independent third party.
Despite the overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing by the Air Corps Minister Kehoe never once expressed concern for former members of the service and never sought to ascertain the true health state of exposed serving and former personnel.
KEHOE MUST GO – KEHOE HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS
- 77 verified deaths have occurred in total since 1980
- 64 of these deaths have occurred since 2000
- 40 of these deaths have occurred since 2010
3 most significant causes of death
- Approximately a third of deaths are from cancer
- Approximately a third of deaths are cardiac related
- Approximately a fifth of deaths are from suicide