We’re told GSOC does a grand job. How do we know that? Well because the Gardaí and the Minister says so! So what about the recent Geroge Nkencho case – a mentally ill man shot in the back 5 times and key witnesses not interviewed for months. Or what about the historic failures of GSOC to deliver justice for the families of Shane O Farrell or Terence Wheelock? And why are 40% of GSOC cases referred back to the Guards. The Minister waffles, but does not answer. 8.7.21

Our sympathy and solidarity are with the family of George Nkenco, whose funeral is tomorrow. George was shot dead by Gardaí at his home last month. I spoke on this in Dáil yesterday, and called on the Táiniste to deliver an INDEPENDENT, PUBLIC, ENQUIRY into George’s death. Varadkar said he trusted the GSOC (the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission) to deliver such an enquiry. I don’t. Many people seeking justice, like Sgt. Maurice McCabe for instance, were poorly served by GSOC. They’re not independent, and they certainly don’t do ‘public’

Topics discussed were the recent health workers strike, defence forces pay, the public procurement process and the role of the Gardai and GSOC

The strange and tragic death of Shane O Farrell deserves a commission of investigation. This was agreed last year by a two thirds majority in the Dáil, yet the Minister seems to be letting an unelected judge decide on what happens in this case. Why? The Minister reads his brief but does not inform.

The killing 6 years ago of Shane O Farrell by a man who should have been serving one of the 19 offences he was convicted for, but was instead out on bail, is more than a travesty of justice. It stinks to high heaven.