1 June 2016
The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has granted a further extension to the MacLochlainn Commission of Investigation, which was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Mr Ronan MacLochlainn by An Garda Síochána in Co. Wicklow in May 1998.
On foot of a previous extension, the Commission was due to submit its final report to the Minister by 31 May 2016. However, an application has been made to the High Court by a person who is named in the Commission’s final report, and the Commission must await the conclusion of those court proceedings before presenting its final report to the Minister.
The Sole Member of the Commission, Ms Mary Rose Gearty, S.C., presented its Fourth Interim Report - see link below - requesting a further extension.
The Minister has granted the Commission’s request. The Commission is now required to report to the Minister within one month of the perfection of the final order arising from the High Court proceedings.
Note to Editors
The establishment of a Commission of Investigation arose from a case taken by Mr MacLochlainn's partner to the European Court of Human Rights concerning an alleged breach by Ireland of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court struck out the case on foot of an undertaking by Ireland to establish a Commission of Investigation.
The Commission was established by order, SI No 346 of 2014: www.irishstatutebook.ie/2014/en/si/0346.html.
The procedures governing the conduct of commissions of investigation are set out in the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004.