Fresh probe into fatal garda shooting of IRA raider
THE Government is to set up a commission of investigation into the garda shooting of a dissident republican during a terrorist armed raid on a security van 16 years ago.
Real IRA activist Ronan McLoughlin was shot dead by gardai as they foiled the hold-up a Securicor van near Ashford, Co Wicklow, on May 1, 1998.
The incident took place on a day when most of the garda force were involved in a "blue flu" industrial action.
The Cabinet decided yesterday to set up a one-person commission to examine the circumstances of the shooting after McLoughlin's partner brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights.
An inquest held in 2009 returned a verdict of death by misadventure.
On the day of the raid, the gang was armed with an assault rifle, a pump-action shotgun and revolver, an imitation rocket launcher and an angle grinder for cutting through metal.
The inquest heard that McLoughlin pointed a gun at a detective sergeant and a number of shots were fired.
It was later established that gardai fired three weapons during the confrontation and that the fatal shot was fired from a Smith and Wesson revolver.