126. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Justice the number of recommendations made by the interim parole board to the her since 1 February 2021; the number of these decided; the number of cases in which the recommendation of the board was not accepted or was amended, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35628/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy Hildegarde Naughton): As the Deputy may be aware, the Parole Board currently reviews the cases of prisoners sentenced to determinate sentences of eight years or more as well as prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment.
In response to Question Number 1149 on 15 June last, I informed the Deputy that 68 recommendations had been received from the Parole Board by the Department from 1st January 2021 to 27th May 2021. All recommendations to this date have been decided upon and the people involved have been informed of the decision.
A further 35 cases were received during the month of June as outlined in the table below.

Number of recommendations received
17 June 2021 8
18 June 2021 13
24 June 2021 13
29 June 2021 1

These cases are currently being processed.
The Deputy may wish to know that the Interim Parole Board are currently preparing and collating statistics for their Annual Reports for 2020 and 2021. In this regard, I can inform the Deputy of the 68 recommendations that have been decided upon since 1st January 2021 – 27th May 2021 the number of cases in which the recommendation of the Board was not accepted or was amended by the Minister is as follows -
Accepted in full 44
Accepted in Part 21
Not accepted 3
Total 68

In addition, when the Reports have been laid before the Oireachtas and published, I will ask the Board to forward copies to the Deputy for his information. Question No. 127 answered with Question No. 119.