133. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the resources she has allocated to the sentencing information project. [12645/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Irish Sentencing Committee was established by the Courts Service Board and is chaired by the Chief Justice. The Committee oversaw the development of a Sentencing Information website, a pilot initiative designed to gather information about the range of sentences and other penalties that have been imposed for particular types of offences across court jurisdictions. The website is being developed as a valuable tool not only for members of the judiciary but also for lawyers, researchers, those concerned with the needs of victims and their families and members of the public. I very much support this initiative and the resources are provided by the Courts Service to assist the project. I should also inform the Deputy that we are currently examining the feasibility of bringing the sentencing information function within the statutory remit of the proposed Judicial Council, the Bill in respect of which is at an advanced stage of drafting.