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Gerry Adams TD urges Varadkar to meet O’Farrell family

30 May, 2018 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to meet the family of Shane O’Farrell who was killed in a hit and run incident in August 2011.

Speaking to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil today, Teachta Adams said:

“I want to commend the O’Farrell family, particularly Lucia, for their resilience and tenacity. Like many other citizens who suffer an injustice they’ve had to take on the entire State. As a consequence, they have been put through the wringer for the last 6 years.

"You are aware of this case Taoiseach. In a letter in response to me last September you said that when GSOC had completed its work the Minister for Justice would consider what future action is open to him.

"When the family met with the former Taoiseach Enda Kenny in November 2016 he told them at that time that he did not rule out a public inquiry when GSOC’s report was completed.

"The O’Farrell family have quite rightly rejected the GSOC report. They also didn’t receive it until a year after it was completed.

"So Taoiseach will you meet with the O’Farrell family? And will you establish a public inquiry. I believe that 30 members of the Oireachtas are in support of such a public inquiry.”

The Louth TD also raised his concern at the role of the DPP which took decisions in this case around the Lithuanian man responsible for killing Shane O’Farrell and decisions it also took in respect of Crevan Mackin who was responsible for the death of Garda Tony Golden.

He said: “There is also a key issue here about the role of the DPP and it is exactly the same situation around its role in the killing of Garda Tony Golden”.

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