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88. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prisoners with a previous criminal record for gun crime who were granted temporary release or community return in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10658/17]

Answer

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Statistics requested regarding the number of prisoners with a previous criminal record for gun crime, are not readily available and would require a manual examination of records. Such an examination would require a disproportionate and inordinate amount of staff time and effort and can not be justified in current circumstances where there are other significant demands on resources.