THE lawyer appointed by the family of tragic Clare man Patrick Nugent believes they ‘will get the truth’ on what happened to Patrick on the night of his death.
Sixmilebrige banqueting manager Patrick Nugent (23) lost his life tragically in Bunratty in the early hours of February 11, 1984.
For over 30 years, the Nugent family have been seeking justice for Patrick after a manslaughter trial and inquest supplied no answers in the aftermath of the tragedy.
In 2016 the family received new hope when Patrick’s case was named as one of 320 cases to be examined by the Independent Review Mechanism set up by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to deal with allegations of garda misconduct or inadequacies in the investigation of certain  allegations, although no progress has been made on this since the announcement.
Speaking on Clare FM last week, Belfast lawyer Darragh Macking, who is representing Patrick’s family, said that it is concerning that there has been no timeframe or terms of reference set in terms of the inquiry.
However he added that on behalf of the family he is actively engaging with the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General to ensure the terms of reference comply with human rights standard to allow for the effective investigation into Pat’s death.
He added, “It’s absolutely essential the Minister for Justice engages with the family.
“It must be a prompt investigation, the reality is that at the present time it is regrettable that we still have no indication of time frame.”
Calling the case ‘extremely unique, Mr Macking added, “I strongly believe they will [get the truth]. I think it’s a first step and it’s indicative that this case isn’t going away by the fact that panel deemed that there was a requirement for further investigation.
“We will be consistently making sure that the minister is fully aware of what is involved in this investigation and we will be actively ensuring that the minister meets the standards that are required and that an investigation does take place so that the Nugent’s can finally get truth, justice and accountability.”

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