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119. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the previous Minister for Justice and Equality gave information or documentation to an inquiry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48591/17]

131. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if persons in his Department gave information or documentation to an inquiry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48592/17]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 119 and 131 together.
As the Deputy is aware, following consultation with the Attorney General, my predecessor as Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD appointed Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill to undertake a review of certain protected disclosures which had been made to her. The terms of reference of the Review were primarily to review the allegations of wrongdoing contained in the two disclosures made to her, to make any inquiries that he considered appropriate in relation to the review and to report on the conclusion of the review, including any recommendations in relation to any further action which may be appropriate and warranted to address the allegations.
On appointment, Mr Justice O’Neill was provided with all relevant documentation necessary to undertake his Review.
As the Deputy is aware, the report which was submitted by Mr Justice O’Neill led to the establishment of the Disclosures Tribunal, the work of which continues.