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Crowe's Disappointment at McDowell's Refusal on Reilly Case

28 July, 2003

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has expressed his bitter disappointment at the refusal of the Minister for Justice to agree to a meeting with the father of murdered teenager Kevin Reilly to address his serious concerns with the Garda investigation.

The Dublin South-West TD said: "The case has gone on for over ten years at this stage. Successive Justice Ministers have come and gone and refused to take the issue seriously. Over a dozen elected representatives from all parties, including Councillors, Senators, TDs and MEPs signed our letter asking for the Minister to institute a review of the Garda investigation.

"Instead, we get a reply that is nothing more than a bland restatement of policy of the type that has been issued again and again by the Department. There is nothing in his response he has not already said, often word for word, in answer to other letters or to parliamentary questions. He is clearly not listening.

"The Minister states that he has asked the Gardai if they are satisfied with the case, they say they are and as far as he is concerned, case closed. Mr Reilly certainly is not and has identified enough discrepancies that as well as instituting a review of the investigation, we believe the Minister should at least agree to a meeting with Mr Reilly to hear his side of the story. Perhaps if a member of the PDs could have been found to sign the letter we sould have received a better response." ENDS

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