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)

The scoping inquiry, as I said at the time, was far too limited because it treated each thing as an individual failure rather than a litany of failures, a collective set of failures that all pointed in a particular direction. I hope that the logical conclusion is not actually the case but it is very hard to escape it.

The Minister said that Judge Haughton was at liberty to come up with any conclusions he saw fit but her Government is at liberty to order a public inquiry on any matter it so chooses. It is now six years since the previous motion was passed and the Government continues to frustrate the will of this House and the Seanad. Indeed, it will resolve again tonight that there should be a public inquiry. We cannot keep kicking it to touch. We cannot keep putting it into new structures and finding new reasons to delay it. At some stage, the Minister and the State are going to have to come to terms with this. It should be now and a public inquiry should happen.


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