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136. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will release the report conducted by Mr. Shane Murphy, senior counsel, into the conviction of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19362/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The position is that Mr. Murphy's advice has not been published on the basis that it represents legal advice to the Attorney General and to me as Minister. As I have indicated in my response to the Deputy other question of today's date on this subject, the purpose of Mr. Murphy's examination was not to carry out an inquiry to establish all of the facts of the case at this remove but rather to advise on whether a case had been made which would warrant the granting of a pardon. In this regard the statement I issued following the Government decision, which was prepared with the assistance of Mr. Murphy, sets out in detail the basis for Mr. Murphy's opinion that Mr. Gleeson's conviction was unsafe and fully and publicly outlines the basis for the Government's decision.