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123. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she has sought a report from the Garda Commissioner asking for an assessment of the impact the recent Supreme Court decision in Director of Public Prosecutions v. J.C. 2015 may have on future criminal investigations; her views on the decision; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16169/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): While my Department and the Garda authorities maintain contact about criminal law issues, the question of seeking a report from the Garda Commissioner of the kind mentioned by the Deputy does not arise. The Deputy will appreciate that An Garda Síochána carry out criminal investigations independently and in accordance with the law, which has now been clarified in this particular area by the Supreme Court. I welcome that clarification but the Deputy will appreciate that it would not be normal practice for a Minister for Justice and Equality to comment in detail on Court judgments.