245. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the Garda Síochána (compensation) Bill will be published and passed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8487/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that the proposed Garda Síochána (Compensation) Bill will repeal and replace the Garda Síochána (Compensation) Acts 1941 and 1945, which provide for a scheme of compensation in relation to members of An Garda Síochána who are maliciously injured in relation to the performance of their duties as such members.
I wish to inform the Deputy that, on 9 May 2017, the Government approved the drafting of the proposed legislation based on the General Scheme of the Bill which is available on my Department's website ( www.justice.ie).
The Scheme is currently with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel for drafting of the relevant legislation.