Govt criticised over Abbeylara delay

The Government was today criticised for a lack of information on the forthcoming report into the fatal shooting of John Carthy in Abbeylara, Co Longford more than six years ago.

The Government was today criticised for a lack of information on the forthcoming report into the fatal shooting of John Carthy in Abbeylara, Co Longford more than six years ago.

The delay in publishing the findings of the Barr Tribunal was raised by Labour deputy leader Liz McManus during the Order of Business in the Dáil.

The long-awaited report is expected to go to the Cabinet before the Dáil’s summer recess next month.

Ms McManus told Tánaiste Mary Harney: “The unfortunate John Carthy was killed in 2000. The tribunal finished its hearings in 2004. What is the delay? I’d be grateful for information because we’re not getting any answers.”

But Ms Harney replied: “I have no information in relation to the Barr Report and I don’t know what the delay is.”

However Ms McManus responded: “The tribunal was set up by the House. It may lead to legislation. What is the point in setting up a tribunal if there is a lack of information on its work or when it will report?”

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 suffered from 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, which concluded in December 2004.

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