07.07.21 – John McGuinness – Dail Eireann

In 2018, the Dáil dealt with two very significant issues. One of them related to the calls for a public inquiry into the death of Shane O’Farrell. It is the tenth anniversary of the death of this young man and two and a half years into the promised scoping exercise being carried out by a judge. At the time, the Dáil voted overwhelmingly to support a public inquiry. In 2017, I agreed with the Taoiseach’s statement that a public inquiry was needed. I further agreed with his statement that the case “reveals shocking malpractice and dysfunction in the criminal justice system at all levels”. We have a GSOC report but we still have not received the scoping exercise report. Will the Taoiseach now put in place the public inquiry he supported back in 2018 and that this House has been calling for continually?