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523. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will review the case of a former Garda Síochána detective (details supplied) who lost his job at a Limerick Garda station and is now seeking to regain his job within the Garda Síochána; her views on whether the former garda is no longer fit to be a member of the Garda Síochána, in view of the fact that a board of inquiry was established and, in September 2013, it formally recommended his dismissal, after he admitted five serious breaches of Garda discipline, including disobeying orders, falsehood, improper practice, and abuse of authority; in view of this case, and several others, her views on whether there is urgent need to have all such cases dealt with by a truly independent and well resourced Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and not by internal means; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20653/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Disciplinary matters, up to and including dismissal of a member of An Garda Síochána, are governed by the Garda Síochána Acts 2005-2007 and the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007. They are a matter in the first instance for the Commissioner. I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that it is the policy of An Garda Síochána not to comment on any internal disciplinary matter.