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65. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality given the controversy surrounding advice given to the Minister for Finance relating to the Commission of Investigation into Certain Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Transactions, and the timing and content of this advice, if she will review the Official Secrets Act; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40608/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): There is a commitment in the Programme for Government to amend the Official Secrets Act 1963.
An analysis of the impact of the Freedom of Information and Protected Disclosures Acts on the Official Secrets Act is required in order to assess the extent of any necessary change.
Any issues arising in relation to the Commission of Investigation into Certain Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Transactions concerning the Official Secrets Act will be considered in that context.