Mother of man killed in hit and run calling for public inquiry into his death

Mother of man killed in hit and run calling for public inquiry into his death

23-year-old Shane O’Farrell was out cycling in Co Monaghan when he was knocked down by a driver who was on bail for a number of offences.

In August 2011, Shane was out cycling near Carrickmacross when he was knocked down and killed.

The Lithuanian man -Zigimantas Gridziuska - driving the car had been on bail for a number of offences at the time - mainly heroin possession, theft and handling stolen goods.

A GSOC report into the case found no gardaí had committed a criminal offence in relation to their handling of Gridziuska’s case.

But the watchdog report does cover a number of events which indicates if authorities had acted differently at certain times, Shane could still be alive.

Shane’s mother Lucia wants a public inquiry into the Garda handling of the case.

38-year-old Zigimantas Gridziuska never served any jail time for Shane’s death.

He received suspended sentences for failing to stop and remain at the scene - on condition that he leave the country.

20 politicians attended a packed press conference this morning calling for this public inquiry and for answers for Shane’s grieving family.


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