Family of Siobhán Phillips travel to Leinster House to urge TDs and senators to back public inquiry into shooting which killed Garda Tony Golden
THE family of a woman left with serious injuries by garda killer Adrian Crevan Mackin have lobbied politicians in Dublin to support their calls for a public inquiry into the case.
Siobhán Phillips is to undergo plastic surgery as her recovery continues after being shot by her partner Crevan Mackin at a house in Omeath, Co Louth, in October 2015.
She had returned to the house to collect her belongings after filing a complaint of domestic abuse.
Ms Phillips had been accompanied by Garda Tony Golden, who was killed when Crevan Mackin opened fire.
Crevan Mackin, who was originally from the Newry area, then killed himself.
An RTÉ investigation earlier this year raised concerns that the 25-year-old, who had been facing a charge of IRA membership and was out on bail, may have been operating as a Garda informer.
Ms Phillips' father, Seán, and his wife, Norma, invited elected representatives to a meeting at Leinster House on Wednesday.
"We had invited TDs from all parties and there were maybe 25-30 people there. However the government party, Fine Gael, was not represented," Mr Phillips told the Irish News.
"Of course we are disappointed. We have previously requested a meeting with the Minister of Justice but that hasn't happened."
Mr Phillips added: "All the TDs said they would pull together on it. Everyone said they supported the holding of a public inquiry and no-one expressed any faith in the GSOC (Garda Ombudsman) investigations."
Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams, who hosted the visit, told the Dáil on Wednesday before he met the family, that he had written to previous Taoiseach Enda Kenny four times about the case.
"I wrote to the Taoiseach, Deputy Varadkar, in July about the concerns of the family on the response of the government to its demand for a public inquiry. I received no reply. I wrote again two weeks ago. I also received no reply," added Mr Adams.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan replied: "I expect to receive an early report on completion of the (GSOC) investigations and we will then see what action is warranted, in the circumstances."
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: "I assure the deputy that I will ensure he receives a reply."
Fine Gael did not respond to a request for comment.