Minister denies cover up or conspiracy in changes to Shane O’Farrell inquiry

The Justice Minister says there’s no conspiracy or cover up in the scoping inquiry looking into the death of Shane O’Farrell.

The 23 year old was killed in a hit and run near Carrickmacross in August 2011.

The driver of the car was on bail at the time but had breached his conditions numerous times.

He had also been stopped by Gardaí shortly beforehand and his car was found to be unroadworthy but he was allowed to continue his journey.

Judge Gerard Houghton was appointed earlier this year to carry out the scoping inquiry into the circumstances of his death however his proposed terms of reference were altered by the Department of Justice.

The family claims the new terms will not garner any new information but Minister Charlie Flanagan says the Attorney General recommended they be more specific due to a Supreme Court judgement after the Guerin Tribunal.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told the Dáil the Government isn’t trying to limit the inquiry: