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142. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda Síochána compensation claims that are currently under assessment within her Department, from gardaí either previously or presently stationed or residing in County Carlow, which have been with her Department for at least 24 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41861/15]

143. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda Síochána compensation claims that are currently under assessment within her Department, from gardaí either previously or presently stationed or residing in County Carlow, which have been with her Department for at least 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41862/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
The Garda Compensation Acts 1941 and 1945 provide for compensation for malicious injury or death inflicted upon members of An Garda Síochána, while they are on duty or related to their service as such members.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide the Deputy with the breakdown of claims as requested above. Computerised records are not maintained in a manner that facilitates a breakdown by the county or the year in which each application was received and such information could only be obtained by the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources.
My Department is currently reviewing the Garda compensation caseload with the intention to reduce the processing time involved in assessing cases and to collate and publish statistics relating to the compensation process on the Department's website.