15. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality whether she will consider an independent public inquiry into the death of a person (details supplied) and the subsequent Garda actions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40437/16]
Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: As Deputy Coppinger is aware, I have already answered this question in the House today. I fully appreciate the appalling circumstances that led to the death of Shane and the terrible trauma for his family – I know they are in the Gallery today. The Taoiseach and I met the family and had a long discussion. We heard their views on what should happen at this point. We have taken extremely careful note of the views of the family. The Taoiseach and I have made it clear to the family that we are certainly open to further action in respect of the situation.
Our preference is that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission investigation into the case would be completed before further decisions are made. Every time I have spoken on the matter in recent times I have made it clear that I and the Taoiseach would like to see the GSOC investigation completed as soon as possible. The Taoiseach said as much to the family. I am unsure when exactly it happened but I understand extra information was made available to GSOC and this has delayed the completion of the case to some degree. I hope GSOC will complete its investigation soon. I assure Deputy Smith that both I and the Taoiseach will be examining the situation once again and then we will decide what further action might be taken.