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276. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the issues identified in a new study on child abuse (details supplied) have consequences for how we approach and deal with such problems in this State; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6333/16]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, the report referred to deals with events which occurred outside this jurisdiction, however the content has been noted and forwarded to both the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and An Garda Síochána for their attention and review. The issues raised in the report concerning reporting and vetting have been addressed in this jurisdiction as part of Children First National Guidance, and in a range of child protection legislation, including the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act, 2012, the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012, and the Children First Act, 2015.