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Latest developments in Shane O’Farrell case reaffirm need for public inquiry – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

9 January, 2019 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has today called on the Taoiseach to fulfill the will of the Dáil and to draft a Terms of Reference for a public inquiry into the death of Shane O’Farrell.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;

“We learned this morning that a coroner’s court into the death of Shane O’Farrell was not provided with the full and un-redacted versions of statements given by the man who killed Shane.

“The withholding of evidence from the corners court, whether purposeful or otherwise is wholly unacceptable.

“Sinn Féin is of the belief that a public inquiry into the death of Shane O’Farrell is required, as is the Dáil with it passing a motion to that affect last summer. 

“This is not just because of the deficiencies of the last GSOC report, which were very considerable and numerous, but by virtue of the fact that this investigation arguably should not have been before GSOC because the failures in this case go far beyond An Garda Síochána.

“They extend to the Courts Service, the DPP, and as we found out today, the Corners Court.

“State agencies have made a mess of this whole case from beginning to end, and have been questionable in their motives at times.

“Considering that all avenues have now been exhausted, it is clear that an inquiry is the only way of getting to the truth. It has been far too long already.

“The Taoiseach, in delaying a public inquiry, is denying the full truth to the family of Shane O’Farrell."

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