Commission of inquiry into 1998 Ashford shooting

A commission of investigation has been launched into the shooting dead by Gardai of Ronan Mc Lochlainn at Ashford in 1998.

The dissident republican, who was a member of the Real IRA, was part of an 6 man gang who attempted to hold up a Securicor van during the Garda “blue flu” protest 16 years ago.

The investigation which was announced yesterday, will look into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Mc Lochlainn, who was 28 at the time.

It will also examine the practices and policies of An Garda Siochana relating to the operation.

The inquiry was announced after his partner,Gráinne Nic Gibb, took a case to the the European Court of Human Rights earlier this year, claiming that the original investigation had not not satisfied the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights.



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