Enda Kenny to meet family over death

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will hold a face-to-face meeting this week with the parents of a man who died in a hit and run, amid their claims that Garda negligence contributed to what happened.

Mr Kenny will meet with Lucia and Jim O’Farrell and their four daughters in Government Buildings at 11.30am on Friday, five years on from the death of the Monaghan family’s son.

Shane O’Farrell died on August 2, 2011, aged 23, when he was hit by a car while cycling near his family home in Carrickmacross.

The vehicle was driven by 39-year-old Lithuanian national Zigimantas Gridzuiska, who at the time of the incident had 42 convictions in three countries, including Ireland.

When the incident occurred, Mr Gridzuiska was out on bail over an unrelated matter involving alleged car insurance fraud.

Mr and Mrs O’Farrell have alleged that gardaí failed to ensure Mr Gridzuiska did not continue to drive on Irish roads when their son died.

They settled a lawsuit for nervous shock against Mr Gridzuiska on April 27 this year for an undisclosed sum.

After the ruling was made, Mrs O’Farrell told reporters she still believes there are issues in the case which must be addressed before she and her family can move on.

“I relive every minute of the day that it happened. I will never move on. My life is over,” she said in April.

Mrs O’Farrell said that in the meeting, she will highlight the “catalogue of failures” she claims gardaí are responsible for in the two years prior to her son’s death.

The claim relates to a number of opportunities, she argues, that gardaí had to ensure Mr Gridzuiska was taken off the roads and deported.


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