Lucia and Jim O’Farrell, top, and their late son, Shane
Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Shane O’Farrell.
Shane was killed in a hit-and-run in Carrickmacross in Co. Monaghan by Zigimantus Gridziuska, from Lithuania, on August 2, 2011.
Gridziuska was on bail for several offences at the time and was on suspended sentences in the Republic and the North that should have been activated prior to August 2, 2011.
He was stopped by the Garda Drug Squad just an hour before the hit-and-run and was allowed to continue driving despite having no tax.
Family friend Catherine Costello writes:
Shane’s loving parents Lucia and Jim and his older sisters are in a very anguished state and please ask your readers to pray for them on Sunday. Their pain makes me ashamed to be Irish aided and abetted by sheer incompetence.
Earlier this month Lucia travelled to the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Donegal to speak to the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald about her son’s death but only managed tell her: ‘I’m not going away, you know.’
Mrs O’Farrell has begun legal action against An Garda Síochána, the Minister for Justice, and the State over Shane’s death. She is also suing the Minister, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Garda Commissioner, along with Gridziuska.
Ms O’Farrell was among a delegation of families who travelled to the European Parliament in Brussels in May, in an effort to seek justice for their dead relatives. The delegation was accompanied by former Garda John Wilson and journalist Gemma O’Doherty.
Previously: Delay, Deny, Lie Then And Cover-Up
Thanks Catherine Costelloe