Cavan-Monaghan TD Niamh Smyth has said that the Government decision to hold a scoping inquiry to examine the fatal hit-and-run of Shane O’Farrell near Carrickmacross on August 2nd 2011 is a step forward, but has reiterated the call for a full inquiry as requested by the family.

 Deputy Smyth commented “The announcement that a scoping inquiry will now examine the circumstances of the fatal hit-and-run of Shane O’Farrell is a step forward, however the government must not ignore the Oireachtas vote which supported the establishment of a full inquiry.

 “I have been supporting the family over the past number of years. I am aware that they want a full inquiry. The O’Farrell family has been unrelenting in their pursuit of justice for their only son and brother. They and the public deserve the truth

 “I hope this scoping inquiry paves the way to a full inquiry, something which has been called for by the Oireachtas and most importantly, the family of Shane,” concluded Deputy Smyth.