443. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of the independent review mechanism. [34605/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy is referring to the mechanism established for the independent review of certain allegations of Garda misconduct, or inadequacies in the investigation of certain allegations, which have been made to me as Minister for Justice and Equality, or the Taoiseach. A panel consisting of two Senior and five Junior Counsel was established for the purpose, all selected on the basis of their experience of the criminal justice system.
The Panel has provided recommendations to me in all 320 cases submitted to them and has therefore largely concluded its work. The total cost of counsel's fees to date has been in the region of €320,000 inclusive of VAT.