The mother of a 23-year-old man, killed in a hit-and-run incident in 2011, has described a meeting her family had with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald today as "very positive".
Lucia O'Farrell said Enda Kenny was very concerned about the details the family gave him regarding the Lithuanian man convicted of dangerous driving that caused her son's death.
Zigimantas Gridzuiska was already serving a suspended sentence and was on bail from three different courts in the north east when he struck Shane O'Farrell on 2 August, 2011, and left the scene of the incident.
Gridzuiska was later given an eight-month jail sentence for the incident, suspended on condition that he leave the country within three weeks.
The O'Farrell family made numerous complaints to the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission alleging garda failures in the case, and it is now the subject of a GSOC public interest inquiry that is close to completion.
Mrs O'Farrell, accompanied by her husband and four daughters, said the Taoiseach did not rule out a public inquiry but said he will first await the GSOC report.
In a statement released this evening, the Taoiseach said: "Together with the Tánaiste, I met today with the O'Farrell family about the loss of their son and brother, Shane. We received a powerful presentation from the family detailing the work done by the family themselves.
"It points out a series of issues that would warrant further consideration," said Mr Kenny.
He added: "I informed the O'Farrell family today that I am asking the Attorney General to request the Law Reform Commission President Mr Justice John Quirke to examine how we can reform the law to provide enhanced public understanding for significant decisions made whilst fully preserving the independence of the Director of Public Prosecutions. This has been done in other countries."
A statement on behalf of the O'Farrells said: "The family believe this is a positive step towards justice for Shane."
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