Statement on Shooting of George Nkencho

We at LMAR would like to express our deep sadness at the death of George Nkencho yesterday in Dublin. George, who had mental health issues, was fatally shot by An Garda Síochána. We extend our deepest sympathies to George’s family, his friends and his wider community. 

We expect that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission investigation into George’s death will be carried out with the full vigour and rigour required. 

We also acknowledge the hurt and upset that people are feeling at George’s death and stand in solidarity with the Nkencho family and community, we grieve with them. We are heartened by the solidarity shown by so many people in Ireland at this shocking, tragic incident. 

At the same time we condemn the racist reaction that is to be seen online and we call on the media to report this responsibly and not to use racist and inflammatory language. 

We must stand together against racism in all forms.