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128. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to establish a fully independent Parole Board on a statutory basis. [12640/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In September 2014 I published the report of the Penal Policy Review Group which was tasked with examining all aspects of penal policy including parole and other release mechanisms from prison.
The Report contains 43 recommendations. As an initial step, the Government agreed in principle in November 2014 to proceed with the implementation of a number of key recommendations, including the bringing forward of legislative proposals to establish a Parole Board on a statutory footing.
Work is underway within my Department on progressing this recommendation.