Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Death of Shane O'Farrell: Motion
I acknowledge the presence of Lucia O'Farrell and her daughter. I am also mindful of James O'Farrell and the other daughters who are not here today. I thank Senators Norris and Boyhan for giving us the opportunity to bring the Minister into the House to discuss this matter. Seven and a half years is far too long. We need a public statutory inquiry now and I hope the Minister will give us a timescale for that. What is being covered up and why? What stands out most are the layers of injustice - the injustice of Shane's death and the injustice of not getting the truth. The two most powerful things here today are the love of a mother for her son and the tenacity the family has shown to get the truth for Shane O'Farrell. I hope the Minister will give us the answers that we need.