Report Into Death Of Offaly Man Criticises Family And Gardaí

Shane Tuohey passed away in 2002.

A report on the investigation into the death of an Offaly man is critical of both his family, and Gardaí.

The Special Inquiry into the death of Shane Tuohey was published last week.

Mr. Tuohey died in a drowning incident in February, 2002, and his family were 'dissatisfied' with the manner in which the search for him had been conducted.

The Tuohey family made 33 complaints and observations in relation to the adequacy of the investigation, between 2002 and 2017.

Of those, the inquiry states nine were well-founded, while the remaining 24 were of little merit, while some were 'without any foundation.'

The report has found there were 'numerous' errors of judgement on the part of Gardaí during the course of the six-day search for Mr. Tuohey.

However, it also determined the family put pressure on certain individuals to make statements which were inherently unreliable or less than voluntary.

The report concludes it is satisfied Gardaí were entitled to conclude the unexplained disappearance of Shane Tuohey was not the result of a criminal act.

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