Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Minister for Justice to acknowledge a Dáil motion and commence a commission of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Shane O’Farrell. This month it was announced a scoping inquiry to examine the circumstances of the fatal hit and run would be carried out.
Deputy Smyth said “While the recent announcement of a scoping inquiry to examine the circumstances of the fatal hit-and-run of Shane O’Farrell is a step forward, I hope this will lead to a full independent investigation.
“Fianna Fáil introduced a motion in the Dáil calling for a commission of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Shane O’Farrell in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, in 2011. Lucia O’Farrell, her husband and her daughters have fought tirelessly to seek justice for their son and brother.
“We understand from Lucia and her family that they were disappointed by the non-engagement with them on the terms of reference for the scoping inquiry, but I am very hopeful, which is to give the Minister some credit, that it indicates he will give full support to the Oireachtas vote last year on the establishment of a public inquiry.
“It is six years since the process began, yet the O’Farrells have no more answers than they did when it started. All that can be gleaned from the report is that the Government needs to step up and establish a commission of investigation so that we as a nation can learn from this awful tragedy and nothing like this ever happens again,” concluded Deputy Smyth.