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Scoping exercise into death of Shane O’Farrell must deliver public inquiry - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

5 February, 2019 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Fein Justice spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has responded to the news that the Government has appointed Judge Gerard Haughton, to conduct a scoping exercise in to the death of Shane O’Farrell
The Cork South Central TD said:
“In June last year a majority of the Dáil voted in favour of a public inquiry into the death of Shane O'Farrell.

"This was a result of frustration at the refusal of Government to act on the wealth of evidence in the public domain demonstrating significant failures by An Garda Síochána and the justice system in the case of the young man's death.
“Judge Gerard Haughton is to conduct a scoping exercise to decide if there are unanswered questions relating to Shane’s death, that might be looked at by a possible Commission of Investigation, statutory inquiry or tribunal.

“This is not good enough and does not fulfil the outcome of the Dáil vote last June. The evidence and the facts are already out there and clearly point to a need for a public inquiry. 

“The O’Farrell family have themselves worked tirelessly over the last seven years to produce all the evidence the Minister requires to agree to a public inquiry into Shane’s death.

"The Minister, with the support of his cabinet colleagues, has decided to kick the can down the road, again.
“Since Shane was killed by a man who should not have been at liberty, the O’Farrell family have been subject to drawn out inadequate investigations that have not yielded the full facts of his case.
“These failures undermine confidence in our judicial system and are lost opportunities for Garda reform.

"Critically no-one has been held to account for operational failures that could potentially have impacted on untold numbers of offences. 
“Shane was failed by multiple arms of the state’s justice system. He suffered the most serious and tragic injustice, and his family bear the cost of that each and every day.
“If we are to take this exercise at face value it must be concluded without delay, it must do justice to the facts, and it cannot allow institutions off the hook.
“The Minister should reconsider the Terms of Reference in consultation with the family to ensure they are comprehensive, relevant to the case and allows Judge Haughton to examine all relevant documentation, including the multitude of evidence collected by the O’Farrells and their legal team.”

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