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107. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding road safety; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38116/16]

Answer

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy is referring to matters that were previously the subject of a Parliamentary Question answered by my colleague the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Based on the answer provided by my colleague the Deputy is seeking my views on why the high standards of investigation by a Garda forensic collision team might not be acceptable to local authorities and their insurers. However, I must inform the Deputy that I have no responsibility for these particular matters.
I can inform the Deputy, nevertheless, that the particular case he refers to was the subject of a complaint considered under the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM). The complaint was made by the parents of one of the persons tragically killed in a road traffic collision. They were advised of the outcome of the review of their complaint in a letter that issued to them on 26 April, 2016. I must point out, however, that aspects of the complaint which concerned the role of the local authority and the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive were outside the scope of the IRM. As the Deputy is aware responsibility for that Directive is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.