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306. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on a case (details supplied); if she will support the family concerned; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3710/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The case to which the Deputy refers is amongst the complaints referred to the mechanism established for the independent review of certain allegations of Garda misconduct, or inadequacies in the investigation of certain allegations, which have been made to me as Minister for Justice and Equality, or the Taoiseach, with a view to determining to what extent and in what manner further action may be required in each case. A panel consisting of two Senior and five Junior Counsel, all selected on the basis of their experience of the criminal justice system, was established for the purpose.
The independent review is well underway and 311 cases have been referred to the panel including the case referred to by the Deputy. The volume and complexity of cases has led to the review taking somewhat longer than originally anticipated, but it is important that counsel take the time necessary to consider each case fully and carefully. Counsel are making every effort to conclude their work as soon is reasonably practicable.
The recommendations by the independent panel will be very carefully considered but, as a matter of general principle, in coming to a decision in each case I will be very strongly guided by the independent advice of counsel. Quite clearly, having engaged counsel for this review it would be entirely appropriate to be guided by their advice.