66. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a meeting between a group (details supplied) and the new Garda Commissioner will be facilitated to discuss disclosure of all relevant information on the deaths of their loved ones. [42447/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that dealing with the legacy of the troubles in Northern Ireland is a difficult and complex task. The Government remains fully committed to the agreed framework of measures set out in the Stormont House Agreement of 2014, notwithstanding the delays in progressing its implementation given the continuing hiatus in the Northern Ireland Executive.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has led and maintains an on-going process of contact, interaction and consultation with groups representing and advocating for the victims of troubles-related violence and their relatives, both in regard to the process for implementation of the Stormont House Agreement framework and more broadly.
The Deputy will appreciate that it is a matter for the Garda Commissioner to decide on which meetings he is in a position to facilitate. It is not for me as Minister to direct him in that regard. In this context the request for a meeting by the group to which the Deputy refers should be directed to the Garda Commissioner.