Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys has told the Dáil that the first local diversity forum in the country will be set up in Blanchardstown in Dublin in the wake of the controversy over the shooting of George Nkencho.

Mr Nkencho was shot dead by the Garda Armed Support Unit outside his family home in Clonee last December.

The Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission is investigating, but his family have said they do not have confidence in that investigation and is calling for a public inquiry.

Ms Humphreys said that agreement had been reached to set up the forum, which would help to create closer connections between An Garda Síochána and the black Irish community.

She was responding to a question from People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny who said what happened with the use of lethal force was unacceptable.

He said there had to be a public inquiry to ensure there was accountability and transparency for the family, supporters and the community as a whole.

Ms Humphreys said that the matter was being fully and independently investigated by GSOC, which had begun a criminal investigation under Section 98 of the Garda Síochána Act.

She said she would await the outcome and if there were outstanding issues, she would consider any other actions which may be appropriate at that time.

Mr Kenny also said there had been vitriol and toxic messaging on social media and some utterly reprehensible things had been said about the family.

Ms Humphreys said it was disgraceful that the family had been abused.