482. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the particulars of a case concerning a former prison officer; if he or his predecessors have received a protected disclosure in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18966/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that in 2016 issues raised by the person in question were the subject of an assessment in accordance with my Department’s Protected Disclosures Policy.
Aspects of these matters had been the subject of correspondence and other contact over a number of years, and had previously been considered and responded to. Concerns raised by the person in question were also considered under the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) established to review certain allegations of Garda misconduct, or inadequacies in the investigation of certain allegations, and the outcome of the IRM process was communicated to them.
The 2016 assessment concluded there was insufficient detail in the correspondence as set out to enable further investigation to take place, and for the concerns raised to be evaluated. The person in question was invited to provide the necessary information but this was not forthcoming and it was concluded that it was not possible to take the examination further.