Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Department of Justice and Equality
1247. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when she expects to receive the final report of the scoping inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1200/22]
I wish to assure the Deputy that I recognise the ongoing pain and anguish of the O'Farrell family on the tragic death of Shane and I sincerely sympathise with them on their loss. As the Deputy will be aware, a highly respected retired Judge, Gerard Haughton, has been conducting a scoping exercise into the tragic circumstances surrounding Shane O'Farrell's death. The purpose of this exercise is to advise as to whether any further investigation or inquiry beyond those already carried out is necessary and, if so, to advise on the form of such investigation or inquiry and its terms of reference.
My Department maintains regular contact with the Judge and has assured him that any assistance he requires to complete his final report will be made available. I am informed that Judge Haughton has most recently sought comments on various sections of his draft report from the parties named in it. This includes my Department and the Department has responded to this request.
I also understand that Judge Haughton has been in touch with the O'Farrell family regarding this matter.
Following receipt of responses from all relevant parties, it is understood that Judge Haughton will be in a position to finalise his report. My Department will continue to provide all necessary assistance to the Judge, and I look forward to receiving his final report in due course.