Minister for Justice, and Meath East TD, Helen McEntee, will be meeting the family of George Nkencho, a 27-year-old Nigerian, with severe mental health issues, who was shot dead by the Gardaí in December, in Clonee, Dublin 15.
This will be a private meeting. details of what will be discussed have not been released yet. However, the Minister’s office has stated that she will not discuss details of the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) investigation, which the Nkencho family have been very critical of, as they have barely been given updates. This has resulted in the family calling for a public inquiry into George’s death.
A spokesman for Ms McEntee stated “it seems to be more a case of her passing on condolences rather than addressing the family’s grievances”.
The family had to move from their family home in Clonee to another location in Dublin 15 over safety concerns. The family have received multiple racist hate mail from supporters of the far right in Ireland.
It is understood the family will also use this meeting with the Minister to raise an incident which occurred last week, when several Gardaí became involved in a confrontation with Mr Nkencho’s mother, Blessing Nkencho, and a 16-year-old Black youth. The video was highlighted by former Solidarity TD, Ruth Coppinger, which was widely shared on social media and have been condemned by many. It is understood the incident began after Gardaí followed two separate males into a housing complex.
Trust between the Gardaí and the BIPOC community has been severely damaged. Gardaí and representatives in West Dublin are aware of this and believe this stems from the recent incident involving the Nkencho family.