Report on fatal Carthy shooting near completion

The long-awaited report into the fatal shooting by gardaí of John Carthy in 2000 is set to be completed next month, it emerged today.

The long-awaited report into the fatal shooting by gardaí of John Carthy in 2000 is set to be completed next month, it emerged today.

The Barr Tribunal was originally due to be release its final report a year ago but has been delayed several times due to the workload.

Tribunal spokesman Killian Morgan today said it was now hoped that the report would be ready within a couple of weeks.

“It’s a very detailed report. It should be complete in a couple of weeks. It’s going to the printers,” he said.

The findings are due to be presented to Minister for Justice Michael McDowell who will discuss the issue with the Cabinet before deciding on publication.

It is believed the report could be published before the Dáil rises for the summer recess on July 6.

The delay in publication has been raised a number of times by Opposition TDs in the Dáil.

The Barr Tribunal was established in 2003 to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Mr Carthy outside his home in Abbeylara, Co Longford, in April 2000.

The 27-year-old, who had manic depression, was shot four times from behind by two members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit as he walked in the direction of Abbeylara village carrying a shotgun loaded with a single cartridge.

His death followed a 25-hour armed stand-off with gardai during which Mr Carthy fired several shots from the window of his house.

Mr Justice Robert Barr heard evidence from 169 witnesses during 208 separate sittings over 18 months.

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