Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Death of Shane O'Farrell: Motion
I welcome Mrs. O'Farrell and her daughter and commend their steadfast determination to get justice. I am glad to say that the Government will not be opposing this motion today. I have no doubt that the Minister will outline his reasoning for that. We would not want to do so anyway because we always want to do what is right and support people in their pursuit of justice. We are in government and there are certain processes and procedures that have to be followed that the Minister will outline. It would not be right for this Chamber to divide on something so important and sensitive. Bearing in mind what has already been said about Shane O'Farrell, I am a graduate of UCD. Somebody who had so much to offer, and as quite eloquently put by Senator Boyhan, who was studying the law lost his life because of others who were not abiding by it. I reiterate what has been said about the O'Farrell family's bravery and determination.
It is very telling that Senator Norris talked about people whose lives are fulfilled today as a result of Shane O'Farrell's interventions. That is the type of character we are speaking about and whose memory we are honouring and respecting. I have nothing further to add because the Minister will give a comprehensive response in due course.