Lucia and Jim O’Farrell with a picture of their late son, Shane
You may recall how a panel of barristers is currently carrying out a legal review of 282 alleged cases of Garda malpractice, including the case of Shane O’Farrell who was killed in a hit-and-run in Carrickmacross in Co. Monaghan by Zigimantus Gridziuska, from Lithuania, on August 2, 2011.
The review is a paper review only and those who have made the complaints will not be interviewed.
Further to this, Lucia writes:
Tomorrow at 2pm there will be a protest outside the Dáil, organised by Justice for All and Integrity Ireland. Most of the people who will be there tomorrow have a case with the Department of Justice, as part of the 282 cases under review, by the legal panel.
Many are very annoyed that this is taking part behind closed doors and many of these people want an opportunity to have their case heard or, at least, the opportunity to meet the counsel dealing with their case. They don’t know what papers are being looked at.
In our case, I have been objecting to the appointment of Conor Devally, as he defended Zigimantus Gridziuska, the man who killed my son. The appointment was made at the Office of the Attorney General, who was aware from my ongoing correspondence with the office that Conor Devally was involved in this case. His name would have come up in my correspondence with both the office of the AG and the Department of justice for almost two years. Despite this, they refuse to remove him from the panel. Our solicitor also wrote expressing his concern.
Garda whistleblower, John Wilson, who is chair of Justice 4 All, will speak at tomorrow’s protest. where intends to highlight how a Garda Commissioner can only be investigated by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission if it receives permission from the Minister for Justice.
Last Sunday’s Irish Mail on Sunday.
Previously: ‘Delay, Deny, Lie Then Cover-Up’