569. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice the number of GSOC investigations launched in each of the past five years and to date in 2021. [37803/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is an independent oversight body under the Garda Síochána Act 2005. I, as Minister, have no role or function in the processing or management of complaints which are made to GSOC for investigation.
I am advised by GSOC that the tables appended to this answer set out the number of investigations launched by GSOC in each of the years 2016-2020 and to date in 2021. The Deputy may also wish to note that information on GSOC investigations is set out in their annual reports which are published on the GSOC webpage at the link below.
<a href="https://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/debates/questions/supportingDocumentation/2021-07-14_pq56913072021_en.docx">Investigations launched by GSOC</a>