481. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the particulars of a case concerning a prison officer on unpaid leave from the Irish Prison Service since May 2011 (details supplied); if he will engage with the person on the matters concerned; if he has received a protected disclosure in respect of the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18964/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that correspondence has recently been received in my Department regarding an allegation relating to the Irish Prison Service, citing the Protected Disclosures Act. This matter is the subject of a preliminary assessment at present, and as the matter is being treated as a protected disclosure it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the individual case.