552. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Justice the steps she is taking to fulfil the programme for Government commitment to legislate to introduce domestic homicide reviews. [37423/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy Hildegarde Naughton): Justice Plan 2021 commits to publishing the independent research on familicide and domestic homicide reviews which has been commissioned by my Department. This will be an important first step towards delivering on the Programme for Government Commitment to legislate to introduce domestic homicide reviews.
The independent study is looking at international best practice in the conduct of domestic homicide reviews with a view to making recommendations in relation to their application in this jurisdiction.
I must emphasise that the Advisory Group involved in the study and their work is independent, and my Department is not involved in the work of the study nor is it a member of the Advisory Group.
I understand that the report will be finalised in the coming weeks and it will subsequently be published. When received, I will examine the report in detail and I am committed to considering any recommendations made as a priority.