Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ceisteanna (138)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

138. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will publish the initial report by a person (details supplied) regarding the scoping exercise into the death of a person. [50562/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Shane O'Farrell have previously been addressed by me in both the Dáil and the Seanad and I have met with the O'Farrell family.

As the Deputy is aware, the terms of reference of the scoping exercise have been finalised. My Department wrote to Judge Haughton on 23 September to ask him to begin his scoping exercise and to make an initial report by mid-November.

Judge Haughton’s interim report was received in my Department on 13 November and will be published shortly, following consultation with the Attorney General, Judge Haughton and the O’Farrell family. That consultation has been initiated and observations are awaited.

Judge Haughton has committed to producing his final report as soon as possible and the O’Farrell family is working with him in this exercise to ensure that all the facts are fully considered and that recommendations are made to address this tragic case. I am grateful to Judge Haughton for agreeing to undertake this sensitive and important work.

Judge Haughton has committed to producing his final report as soon as possible and the O’Farrell family is working with him in this exercise to ensure that all the facts are fully considered and that recommendations are made to address this tragic case. I am grateful to Judge Haughton for agreeing to undertake this sensitive and important work.