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Minister To Consider Views Of Touhey And Clancy Families

Thursday, 13 April 2017

THE views expressed to her in a letter by the lawyer representing the Touhey and Clancy families are to be considered by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald .

Belfast based human rights lawyer, Kevin Winters, wrote to the Minister requesting that Article 2 under the Convention on Human Rights, be included in the 'Terms of Reference,' in the inquiry into the deaths of Shane Touhey, Rahan and James Clancy, Ferbane. Article 2 places the onus on the state to investigate suspicious deaths.

In his letter, Mr Winters informed the Minister, that unless the families are happy with the Terms of Reference then he would be seeking a judicial review.

In response a correspondence from the Department, on behalf of the Minister said the views expressed by Mr Winters will be considered by the Tainiste.

Edwin Touhey, brother of Shane Touhey, met with Mr Winters last Friday morning. Also present were TD's Clare Daly and Mick Wallace of the Justice4all group.

Edwin Touhey says he is not satisfied with the response from the Minister's office and wants to see Article 2 included.

'We want to get a copy of the Terms of Reference. We can't let the Terms of Reference be written in stone before we see them,' he said .

The Touhey family from Rahan have never been happy with the investigation into the death of Shane, who was found in the River Brosna in February 2002.

An inquest delivered a verdict of drowning through immersion in cold water. However, the Touhey family believe there may have been foul play involved in Shane's death.

78-year-old James Clancy, from Endrim, Ferbane, died after being knocked down by a truck at Hayes Cross, Tullamore in 1987. Mr Clancy was dragged by the truck half-way down Patrick Street before he became free. Neither the truck or driver were ever found.

His son, Joe said he wrote to every TD in the country before finally getting an inquiry under the Justice4 All Campaign.

Mr Clancy believes someone knows something and said a lot of new information has come to light that was not properly investigated.

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