Dáil votes for full in­ves­ti­ga­tion­into death of cy­clist

Irish Examiner - - News - Elaine Lough­lin

The Gov­ern­ment has been urged to im­me­di­ately set up a full com­mis­sion of in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of Shane O’Far­rell af­ter the Dáil voted in favour of such an in­quiry.

The Dáil passed a Fianna Fáil mo­tion call­ing for the es­tab­lish­ment of the in­quiry to in­ves­ti­gate claims that re­peated Garda fail­ures to ar­rest a man who later killed the cy­clist in a hit-and-run have been cov­ered up.

The 23-year-old grad­u­ate was killed on Au­gust 22, 2011, when he was knocked off his bi­cy­cle while cy­cling along the N2 road out­side Car­rick­macross in Co Mon­aghan.

The driver of the car, Zigi­man­tas Gridz­iuska, had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing for theft, drugs, and road traf­fic of­fences and was out on bail at the time of the crash.

The Gov­ern­ment had op­posed the mo­tion, cit­ing the on­go­ing Gsoc in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death. How­ever, it had in­di­cated that it would be open to po­ten­tially set­ting up an in­quiry in the fu­ture.

Af­ter the vote, Fianna Fáil jus­tice spokesman Jim O’Cal­laghan said the Gov­ern­ment must now re­flect on the fact that a ma­jor­ity of TDs had called for a full in­quiry.

“The vote in Dáil Éire­ann re­flects pub­lic con­cern about this is­sue and should not be ig­nored by the Gov­ern­ment.

“Rather than de­lay this process any longer, the Gov­ern­ment should now pro­ceed to es­tab­lish such an in­quiry,” he said.

Sinn Féin jus­tice spokesman Don­n­chadh Ó Laoghaire said the Dáil vote sent out a “sig­nif­i­cant state­ment” to the Gov­ern­ment.

“A pub­lic in­quiry was what the O’Far­rell fam­ily sought,” said the Cork South Cen­tral TD.

“It is tes­ta­ment to the hard work of Shane’s mother Lu­cia who has been re­lent­less in forc­ing this is­sue in the fight for jus­tice for her de­ceased son.

“It is im­por­tant, given that the fam­ily have been failed by so many arms of the State and given the in­ad­e­quacy of the Gsoc re­port, that the fam­ily get an­swers, and that this takes place in pub­lic.

“I hope the Gov­ern­ment will not de­lay this. The Dáil has now spo­ken, and we will keep the pres­sure on to en­sure that the fam­ily re­ceive the an­swers they de­serve,” said Mr Ó Laoghaire.

Lu­cia O’Far­rell mother of the late Shane O’Far­rell, 23, who died in a hit-and-run.

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