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129. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she has discussed the review arising from a case (details supplied) with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Ms Theresa Villiers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19279/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My counterpart in Northern Ireland in respect of policing and justice matters is the Northern Ireland Minister for Justice, David Ford.
The review in question was commissioned by and submitted to the Northern Ireland Director of Public Prosecutions. It was published by him late last week and it makes a number of findings and recommendations. Any actions to be taken in respect of it are, of course, matters for the authorities in Northern Ireland and the Deputy will appreciate that I have no role in this regard.
That said, I maintain close and ongoing contact with Minister David Ford with regard to issues arising in respect of the case in question and, indeed, on the full range of matters of common interest to us. I will be meeting with Minister Ford in the near future and we will have an opportunity to discuss these issues. Of course, where any issues arise that may be relevant to security matters, I will discuss these with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.