101. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the investigations that have been carried out by An Garda Síochána into the operations of Bray Garda station over the past ten years; the findings of these investigations; the consequences of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19331/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The information sought by the Deputy is currently not to hand.  A request has been made to the Garda Commissioner and when the information is received I will write to the Deputy directly.
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108. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the delay in the examination of child abuse material in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18217/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on the matter raised by the Deputy and I will contact her directly when the information is to hand.
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109. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cases in which items or data seized as part of investigations into suspected child abuse are awaiting examination by length of time in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18218/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 109 and 110 together.
I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda authorities and I will contact the Deputy directly when the information is to hand.
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110. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cases in which items of suspected child abuse material are awaiting examination, by length of time examination has been pending in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18219/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 109 and 110 together.
I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda authorities and I will contact the Deputy directly when the information is to hand.
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518. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to establish a model investigative team here equivalent to the historical enquiries team established in Northern Ireland in 2008 to examine previous crimes which were not investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15218/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that it is the Garda Commissioner and his management team who are responsible for the deployment of all Garda resources, including personnel, and I have no role is such matters. Similarly, investigations into all forms of criminality in our State, and the manner in which those investigations are carried out, is solely a matter for the Commissioner.
However, I have been advised by the Garda authorities that r...

554. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the operational guidelines for forensic traffic investigators have been updated since 2007; if a review and urgent update of those guidelines will be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15891/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the review and update of such guidelines is an operational matter for An Garda Síochána, and I have no direct role in the matter.
However, to be of assistance, my Department has made enquiries with An Garda Síochána and will contact the Deputy directly on receipt of a Garda report.
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94. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the reports of attacks submitted by a person (details supplied) have been investigated; if action is being taken; if the family will be assured of their safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10712/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that it is An Garda Síochána who are responsible for the investigation into any suspected criminal activity in the first instance and I, as Minister for Justice and Equality, have no direct role in such matters. 
However, to be of assistance I have made arrangements for the Deputy’s concerns to be brought to the attention of the Garda authorities for whatever action they deem necessary. 
This notwithstanding,...

88. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied) will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3737/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I believe it was appropriate and correct that last week I, along with the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste, apologised on behalf of the State to Ms. Hayes, who was subjected to a prolonged ordeal that was simply wrong on every level. 
The Deputy will appreciate that the decision to conduct a review of the investigation into the death of ‘Baby John’ is solely a matter for the Garda Commissioner. I welcome the announcement by An Garda Síochán...

95. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the establishment of a national major investigations team within An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3841/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The information requested by the Deputy cannot be provided in the time available. I have requested the information sought from the Garda Commissioner and I will write to the Deputy on receipt of same.
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86. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been progress in relation to the need for a full and comprehensive investigation into the bombing in Belturbet in December 1972 which caused the death of two young persons and injuries to many others; the level of co-operation with the Northern Irish and British authorities in relation to a thorough and full investigation into this atrocity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2136/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The bomb attack in Belturbet, Co. Cavan in December 1972 was an appalling atrocity and I extend my sympathies to those who were bereaved and injured in that terrible attack.
At the time of this tragic incident a full investigation was conducted by An Garda Síochána which involved close liaison with the authorities in Northern Ireland.  I am informed by the Garda Authorities that every possible avenue of inquiry was pursued at the time ...

75. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the internal Garda review into the Jobstown protest investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51743/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that, following the completion of criminal proceedings flowing from the incident referred to, and public commentary in relation to members of An Garda Síochána who were involved in the policing of same, an Assistant Commissioner was tasked with conducting a review of the policing of the event. The final report from the Assistant Commissioner has now been finalised and is currently being considere...

120. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which progress continues in respect of the various cold cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44481/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed that the Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT) continues to review serious cases that remain unsolved and continues to identify evidence and witnesses to assist in the development of these cases.
At the conclusion of each review by the SCRT, a substantive report is provided to the Senior Investigating Officer who considers the opportunities for further investigation. Any recommendation of organisational effect is disseminated ...

129. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the conduct of An Garda Síochána in relation to a domestic violence case (details supplied) that relates to the killing of a member of An Garda Síochána in Omeath, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44264/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The tragic events at Omeath on 11 October 2015 caused suffering, grief and distress to the victims, their families and their friends.  Our sympathies are with them.  I recall, in particular, Garda Tony Golden, who lost his life doing his duty serving his community, and the young woman who suffered such trauma and serious injury that day.
The events of that day and matters related to them are the subject of review processes being carrie...

435. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to questions on promised legislation on 28 June 2017 regarding the garda investigation into inflated breath test figures and issues relating to summons, if a reply will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36072/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): A reply was issued to the Deputy from my Department on 25 July 2017 in response to the matters raised during promised legislation discussions in the Dáil on 28 June 2017. 
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438. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34923/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 438, 439 and 441 together.
The case which the Deputy raises in his question dates back to 1989. It has been the subject of correspondence with successive Ministers for Justice going back over a considerable period of time, including legal correspondence. It has also been the subject of many Questions over that period.
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the incident in question was the subject...

439. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34934/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 438, 439 and 441 together.
The case which the Deputy raises in his question dates back to 1989. It has been the subject of correspondence with successive Ministers for Justice going back over a considerable period of time, including legal correspondence. It has also been the subject of many Questions over that period.
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the incident in question was the subject...

441. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34951/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 438, 439 and 441 together.
The case which the Deputy raises in his question dates back to 1989. It has been the subject of correspondence with successive Ministers for Justice going back over a considerable period of time, including legal correspondence. It has also been the subject of many Questions over that period.
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the incident in question was the subject...

25. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will hold a public inquiry into the circumstances of the Jobstown trial; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33392/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien: Are there any plans to hold a public inquiry following the outcome of the Jobstown trial?
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60. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will commission a public inquiry into the death of a person (details supplied) and the Garda investigation and subsequent prosecution; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32970/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware this tragic case was considered under the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) and the recommendation was that no further action should be taken. Counsel for the IRM pointed out that the appropriate forum for raising matters related to alleged Garda failings was the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) who were already investigating certain matters arising from the tragic death in this case, in part referred ...

68. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will establish an inquiry on the manner in which the protestors at Jobstown in November 2014 were investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32974/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As was mentioned by the Taoiseach in the House last week, the issues relating to the recent trial of persons involved in water-charge protests in Jobstown, including Deputy Murphy, have been considered and processed by the appropriate State authorities, which are established under the Constitution and by Statute enacted by the Oireachtas. Following a Garda investigation and consideration by the DPP, the matter in question was brought ...

84. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to allegations by a whistleblower regarding political interference in the investigation into the disappearance of a person (details supplied) 40 years ago in County Donegal; his plans to commission a public inquiry into the person’s disappearance and the subsequent Garda investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32968/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy may be aware, the Garda Commissioner requested the Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT) to examine the case in question, as a matter of priority, ensuring that all avenues of enquiry are fully explored and addressed. The Deputy will appreciate that the management of particular Garda investigations are matters in the first instance for the Garda authorities and I have no direct role in this regard. In this context it is not op...

87. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will meet with the representatives of a family (details supplied) regarding a request by them for an inquiry into the death of a person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32971/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 101 together.
I sympathise with the family of the victim in the case to which the Deputy refers. This was a brutal killing carried out in the course of a bank robbery; indeed, the crime was an attack on the State itself.
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the Garda Serious Crime Review Team carried out a full review of this case. That review process involved a thorough examination of a...

101. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to commission an inquiry into the murder of a person (details supplied) in 1970 to deal with unanswered questions with regard both the death of the person and the subsequent investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32967/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 101 together.
I sympathise with the family of the victim in the case to which the Deputy refers. This was a brutal killing carried out in the course of a bank robbery; indeed, the crime was an attack on the State itself.
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the Garda Serious Crime Review Team carried out a full review of this case. That review process involved a thorough examination of a...

243. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which resources continue to be made available for the pursuit of cold cases including those of missing persons whose whereabouts have never been confirmed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33490/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the provision and allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of identified operational demands. In this regard I am informed that the Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT) continues to review serious cases that remain unsolved and continues to identify evidence and witnesses to assist in the development of these cases.
At the conclusion of each review by the SCRT, a substan...

325. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the actions and investigations being taken on foot of the reports of the Moriarty tribunal; the status of these investigations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32816/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 325 to 327, inclusive, together.
I can inform the Deputy that the position in relation to these matters remain unchanged at present. I am advised by the Garda authorities that investigations relating to the findings of the Flood and Mahon Tribunals, as well as the investigation of certain matters arising from the report of the Moriarty Tribunal, are ongoing. I am also advised that relevant liaison is ...