16.12.20 – Dáil Éireann – Questions – Matt Carthy – Micheál Martin

16.12.20 – Dáil Éireann – Questions – Matt Carthy – Micheál Martin

I thank Deputy McDonald for raising the case of Shane O’Farrell and I reinforce her message to the Taoiseach. On several occasions, the Taoiseach met Shane’s parents, Lucia and Jim, who are among the most inspirational people one could meet. They are now facing their tenth Christmas without their beloved son, Shane. As Deputy McDonald said, they have been seeking justice for Shane and for the wrongs perpetrated on their family to be addressed. The previous Government announced a scoping inquiry, which has been subject to several delays. The most recent information is that the retired judge intends to complete his report by, I believe, 21 January.

On behalf of my neighbours, the O’Farrell family, and the wider community in Carrickmacross, I ask the Taoiseach to liaise with the Minister for Justice to ensure that the outcome of the scoping exercise is published and completed by that date in January so that we can move on to the implementation of the resolution of the Dáil and Seanad for a full public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Shane O’Farrell’s death.