Dáil debates

Tuesday, 9 July 2024

Inquiry into the death of Shane O'Farrell: Motion [Private Members]


8:15 pm

Photo of Donnchadh Ó LaoghaireDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein)

I welcome Lucia, Jim and Shane's family to Public Gallery. Lucia is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met and certainly that I have ever met here, in this job. The painstaking detail she has provided and the passion and commitment she has shown to this campaign is such a tribute to a mother's love for her son but she should never have had to do that. Having listened to the Minister, I am incredibly frustrated. I spent several hours with Lucia when I was my party's justice spokesperson at the time of that earlier debate in 2018 and it all came flooding back when I listened to Deputy Carthy listing the litany of failures. He spoke of failure after failure, bail breach after bail breach. It seems that there was nothing this could man could do to be locked up. It seems that no matter what he did, he would find himself at liberty. Deputy Carthy is right to ask questions because this is either the most profound and consistent failure in the history of the State or there is something else at play. These are the answers that need to be given. I find it incredible that the Government's response to this, six years after these Houses resolved that there should be a public inquiry, is to say that it should go to a joint Oireachtas committee. This is yet another delay and another diversion.


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