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111. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice the status of the Garda Síochána review overseen by the Policing Authority into the cancelling of 999 calls; if she has received the conclusions of the review to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36750/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I can advise the Deputy that An Garda Síochána wrote to the Secretary General of my Department on 4 December 2020 to inform the Department that a number of 999 calls had been cancelled on the AGS Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system and that An Garda Síochána was carrying out a review of the reasons behind this. An Garda Síochána also brought the issue to the attention of the Policing Authority the same month. Minister McEntee wrote to the Policing Authority on 5 February 2021 to request that the Authority oversee the review being carried out by An Garda Síochána in this regard.
Following Minister McEntee's request, the Policing Authority wrote to Minister McEntee with updates on 17 February 2021 and 27 April 2021 and to myself with an update on 7 June 2021. The Garda Commissioner wrote to me with an update on 16 June. I have also been briefed by both the Commissioner and the Chair of the Authority. The Garda review, and the Authority's oversight of it is ongoing.
Once the Authority has completed its work, I will examine its conclusions and take any action that needs to be taken on foot of its report.