Mother to take stand in search of justice for son

THE mother of a young Corkman, who died after a struggle with nightclub bouncers, is to stand as an Independent candidate in the local elections.

Lily Moynihan said yesterday she will stand because nothing had been done to find those responsible for her son Adrian’s death after the incident at Sidetrax nightclub in March 2001.

Her husband Andrew has already gone on hunger strike outside the Dáil to try to get an inquiry into their 23-year-old son’s death.

“I’ve hardly gone outside the door since Adrian’s death but I’m going out now to fight for the justice he’s entitled to, and the justice we are demanding,” said Mrs Moynihan.

Yesterday, Mr Moynihan said he was awaiting another meeting with Minister for Justice Michael McDowell in light of the recent letter from the DPP, which said a prosecution in the matter would not be warranted.

When the inquest into Adrian’s death was held, the jury returned a verdict of misadventure. The DPP dropped the case due to insufficient evidence. It had been referred back to him by the Cork City Coroner.

The case was reopened last year after Assistant State Pathologist Marie Cassidy said the death had been caused by neck compression, fixing of the chest and pinning of the arms behind the back. Originally, she said he died from asphyxia, or suffocation, due to compression of the neck.

Dáil deputies Bernard Allen, Dan Wallace and Billy Kelleher also asked the Attorney General to intervene.

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