Claims State is part of “cover up” in death of Shane O’Farrell

It’s been claimed the State has been part of a “cover up” around the circumstances around the death of Shane O’Farrell. The comments were made during a debate in the Dáil last night.

Shane O’Farrell’s family have raised concerns about the terms of reference for the scoping inquiry set up to look into his death.

They say the terms have been narrowed by the Department of Justice, which mean it’s unlikely no new information can come to light.

The 23 year old was killed in a hit and run outside Carrickmacross in 2011. The driver of the car had been on bail at the time and the O’Farrell family claim he had broken his conditions.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says the Supreme Court judgement into the Guerin Report led to the narrowing of the terms.

A Private Members’ Bill tabled last night by Fianna Fáil called for the terms of reference to be reopened.

During the debate, Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny said the State has “covered up for something that is very rotten” in the case.

His party colleague and local TD Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin said no family should be forced to seek answers like the O’Farrell’s have:

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said however that that the terms of reference were as “specific as possible to remove any potential for ambiguity”.

Mr Flanagan said they were all working towards the same goal to have an inquiry that was “legally robust and legally compliant” and didn’t rule out holding a more in depth inquiry in future.

Local TD Brendan Smith told the Dáil the O’Farrell family have been “courageous” in their campaign for answers: