284. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the position regarding the Garda Síochána (Compensation) Bill 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51947/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy may be aware, Minister Helen McEntee and the Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy published the Garda Síochána (Compensation) Bill 2021 on 23 April.
The Bill will bring Garda compensation claims within the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) process. This will benefit both claimants, in terms of quicker resolution of claims with an objective assessment of quantum, and the State as the respondent, in terms of lower legal and administrative costs. The publication of the Bill meets a commitment in my Department's Justice Plan 2021.
The Garda Síochána (Compensation) Bill 2021 is currently before the Seanad. Question No. 285 answered with Question No. 273.