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April 18 2001


The Chairman of the sub-Committee on the Abbeylara Incident, Mr. Seán Ardagh T.D., today announced details of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Abbeylara Incident which will commence on Tuesday 24 April 2001.

The Inquiry will be held over a three week period and will hear evidence from the Carthy family and friends, members of An Garda Siochana, Medical Personnel and Firearms experts.

In addition, the sub-Committee, as part of its Inquiry will visit Abbeylara on Wednesday 25 April 2001.

Speaking at a briefing this afternoon, the Chairman of the sub-Committee, Mr. Seán Ardagh T.D. said that it was incumbent on this particular Inquiry to bring a sensitivity and reverence to the manner in which the tragic events at Abbeylara were to be investigated.
" Of course we are mindful that fair and just procedures are an essential and defining aspect of how we will conduct our proceedings over the next few weeks. To act otherwise than uphold our Terms of Reference would be to imperil the very democratic procedures that brought this inquiry into being and to render a great disservice to all parties concerned, whose wish in each case is that all the circumstances of this tragic event are made manifest."
he added.

Attached is a schedule of witnesses and background information on the Abbeylara Incident.

Further Information; Seán Ardagh T.D.
Chairman of the sub-Committee on the Abbeylara Incident
353 1 618 3597
353 87 252 7501

Verona Ní Bhroinn
Public Relations Officer
353 1 618 3166

Tuesday 24 April:
Preliminary Hearing.

Wednesday 25 April:
Visit toAbbeylara by members of the Sub-Committee.

Thursday 26 April:
Evidence from the following :

1. Commissioner of the Garda Siochana, Pat Byrne
2. Assistant Commissioner Hickey
3. Chief Superintendent Adrian Culligan
4. Chief Superintendent P. Tansey
5. Superintendent Farrelly
6. Superintendent Oliver Hanly

Friday 27 April:
Evidence from the following:

1. Professor John Harbison
2. Superintendent Shelley
3. Superintendent Byrne
4. Dr Donoghue
5. Retired Superintendent Denis Cullinane

Monday 30 April:
Evidence from:

1. Detective Sergeant M Jackson
2. Detective Sergeant G Russell
3. Detective Garda A. McCabe
4. DetectiveGarda William Sisk
5. DetectiveGarda O’Flaherty
6. Detective Garda R.Carey
7. Detective Garda T. Ryan
8. Detective Garda J. Finnegan
9. Detective M. Sullivan

Tuesday 1 May:
Evidence from:

1. Inspector Maguire
2. Sergeant Dooley
3. Sergeant Mangan
4. Garda Maeve Gorman
5. Garda J Gibbons
6. Garda Colin White
7. Sergeant Dan Monaghan
8. Sergeant Alan Murray
9. Detective Garda Kilroy
10. Detective Garda Barnes
11. Detective Garda Dunne
12. Garda Justin Browne
13. Detective Sergeant Anthony Foley
14. Garda E Boland
15. Detective Sergeant J Quinn
16. Detective Garda J Campbell

Thursday 3 May:
Evidence from members of the Carthy family, friends and other witnesses:

1. Mrs Rose Carthy
2. Ms Maria Carthy
3. Ms Anne Walsh
4. Ms Alice Farrell
5. Ms Rosaleen Mahon
6. Ms Patricia Leavey
7. Mr Martin Shelley
8. Mr Tom Walsh
9. Mr Kevin Ireland
10. Mr Michael Burke
11. Ms Noreen Leddy
12. Mrs Mary Ireland
13. Mr Sean Farrell
14. Mr. Gerry Traynor

Tuesday 8 May:
Evidence from:

1. Garda Mary Ann O’Boyle
2. Dr Dymphna Horgan
3. Dr David Shanley
4. Dr Pat Cullen
5. Dr Meagher
6. Dr Donoghue
7. Mr Mark Connellan
8. Mr. Timothy Dalton, Secretary General of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and other officials of the Department regarding issues arising including firearms, relations with the Garda Siochana and accountability.
9. Mr Colm Regan

Thursday 10 May:

Cross Examination (as determined by the Sub-Committee on application)
Closing submissions.

DAY 10
Friday 11 May:
Further evidence/conclusions if required.

Schedule will be revised;

(a) as further written materials are received
(b) when notices to cross-examination are received and
(c) as the Inquiry progress.

Sub-Committee on the Abbeylara Incident

Background Information

  • Arising out of the fatal shooting of Mr. John Carthy at Toneymore, Abbeylara, County Longford on Thursday 20 April 2000, the Commissioner of the Garda Siochana appointed Chief Superintendent Adrian Culligan to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the events at Abbeylara on the19 and 20 April 2000.
  • The Garda Commissioner submitted his report to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on 30 June 2000. Following a motion of both Houses of the Oireachtas, the report was forwarded to the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights on 25 October 2000.
  • Having considered the report, the Joint Committee invited submissions and observations from the persons referred to in the report and other interested parties. A total of 21 submissions were received and considered by the Committee.
  • On 8 March 2001, the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality and Women’s Rights established a sub-Committee to be known as the Sub-Committee on the Abbeylara Incident. (Terms of Reference attached)
  • To facilitate its examination of the Abbeylara Incident, the sub-Committee decided to seek the power to send for persons, papers and records. This power was granted by a motion of both Houses of the Oireachtas on 4 April 2001

Further Information:

Verona Ní Bhroinn, Public Relations Officer: + 353 (0) 1 618 3066 info@oireachtas.ie

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