Dáil debates

Tuesday, 9 July 2024

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


9:15 pm

Photo of Danny Healy-RaeDanny Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)

I am glad to get the opportunity to say a few words in support of Sinn Féin's motion. We thank Sinn Féin for highlighting this issue again this evening, as it has been numerous times. I sympathise and empathise with the extended O'Farrell family. We wish them well in the future. We are very sorry about what has happened. The system here has let all of them down and has let the country down. I am amazed that this man from Lithuania committed 12 offences in his home country before he came here. I have been raising this for 12 months or maybe more. I was vilified by the Labour Party and different people for raising that people coming here from wherever in the world should and have to be Garda-vetted or vetted properly. I know it is not happening. This man came here with 12 offences and, at the same time, local people who got a summons and were waiting to go to court would not have been able to go abroad. They would not get out of the country. There is one law for people coming in and a different law for our own people. Will the Minister address that now?


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