Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Gloria Nkencho, sister of George Nkencho, speaks outside Leinster House as the Nkencho family and TDs call for a public investigation into the Garda killing of her brother during a stand off in Blanchardstown last month.
Ms Nkencho said:
“I never thought I would be standing here in these circumstances, addressing the public about such a tragedy that’s happened to my family.
“This is an unimaginable pain I do not wish upon anyone. The death of my brother has caused a vacuum in my home.
“My mother described it as a wound that will never heal. My family are forced to relive the trauma when we walk past his room, walk down the stairs and see where we stood when he was shot and killed.
“We see the bullet holes in our windows. This shouldn’t have happened. George did not deserve to die. He needed help, not bullets. My brother was a person, not an animal.
“We need a full public, independent investigation into his death. We need truth and we need justice. We need the public to come together and demand what is right. This is not a time for us to be divided. A life was taken, a life that mattered and meant something. My brother is gone and will not be coming back.
“What we can do is to ensure that his death is not in vain, that it never happens to another family again and that the most vulnerable people in our society are given the care that they need.”
Previously: Looking For Answers